I hereby invite you all to a grand game of Name My Book.
My first book is to be published later this year, and I am still not happy with the title. It is an academic text, but one I hope will have a broader appeal for people interested in the theatre, and the way women are presented on stage. The book identifies twelve of Shakespeare’s characters who I believe show a use of the conventional stage archetype of the “shrew”: basically, an outspoken woman who is publically critical of men, and will not curb her speaking for the sake of decorum. I look at a number of performances of each character from roughly the last twenty years, to see whether and how their unruly voices are framed positively or negatively on the stage today.
The working title is:
Shakespeare and the Shrew: Performing the Transgressive Female Voice
But I fear it lacks oompf.
These days it is considered important to get into the title the kinds of words that someone doing a Google search for your topic area would be likely to use to maximise the chance of them finding you. In this case, that would mean words like: Shakespeare, shrew(s), woman/women/female characters/voice, (modern) performance/stage/theatre, etc.
The most common form for a title of this kind is
Short Bit (often a quote) : Long Bit
(Comic Women, Tragic Men: Gender and Genre in Shakespeare; As She Likes It: Shakespeare’s Unruly Women and O Brave New World: Two Centuries of Shakespeare on the Australian Stage are some well-known examples) but it doesn’t have to be exactly like that.
The coveted prize of a copy of the book (hardback!) will be awarded to the person with the best response, whether or not I actually end up using it.
I would also be thrilled to get some ideas for a cover image. I’m leaning towards a falcon, but am worried it will end up looking like a fantasy novel (maybe no bad thing?).
Have at it, and thanks for your thoughts!
(H/T to Chally, who suggested I do this.)
[Image credit for index thumbnail: Peregrine Falcon on Iron Woman sculpture, San Francisco (Sarah Han) ~ image found by tigtog]