308 Short Notices Hirsch, Brett D. and Christopher Wortham, `This Earthly Stage': World and Stage in Late Medieval and Early Modern England (Cursor Mundi, 13), Turnhout, Brepols, 2011; hardback; pp. xi, 297; 20 b/w illustrations, 3 b/w tables; R.R.P. 70.00; ISBN 9782503532264. Essays in this handsomely produced collection are mainly gathered from the 2006 conference of the Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group (PMRG), `a forum for multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarship in Western Australia'. Despite the apparently local provenance, there are distinguished essays by well-known international scholars such as Michael Best (Canada) who writes on `The Electronic Re-creation of Shakespeare', Heather Dubrow (USA) on songs in Shakespeare's drama, Clayton Mackenzie (Hong Kong) on Edward II, and Laurence Wright (South Africa) on `Irony and Transcendence on the Renaissance Stage'. Alan Brissenden, the most senior historian of Australian theatrical perfromances of Shakespeare, entertainingly records several different Australian versions of A Midsummer Night's Dream, demonstrating the cultural and geographical transportability of the play. The heavy emphasis on Shakespeare is evident also in a study of botanical metaphors in Titus Andronicus by Victoria Bladen, revealing references to plague in Troilus and Cressida by Darryl Chalk, and a study of the ways in which
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