Pop Mythology: Collected Essays by Laura A. Shamas
published mythological essays, plus six new ones. Published on July 4, 2012 in digital (Telemachus Press), and available on
Amazon.com (Kindle)/Barnes & Noble (Nook); the paperback version is available via Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Seventeen previously published
essays plus six new ones. Cover by Ty Donaldson.
New essays in this volume: "Pieces of Athena (and her Head)"; "Martha Hearts Hestia"; "Acts of Protest, Athena and Lysistrata"; "Matters of Heart and Soul: Courtly Love"; "Facing the Dragon: Of Presidential Nominees and Acceptance Speeches"; "A Few Thoughts on Adaptation"; and "Swimming in the Tweet Stream."
ISBN e-book ($2.99):
ISBN Paperback ($12): 978-1-938135-23-1
"We Three": The Mythology of Shakespeare's Weird Sisters by Laura Shamas
Publication Date: 2007. Peter Lang USA.
From the cover: "The Weird Sisters, from William Shakespeare's play Macbeth, are arguably the most famous trio of witches in English literature. Shakespeare's Weird Sisters are a complex trinitarian mythological construction--a unique amalgamation of classical, folkloric, and socio-political elements. This book is an archetypal exploration of the Weird Sisters. By examining this feminine trio through the lens of mythology, new insights about their significance may be understood. The ramifications extend from classical comprehension to twenty-first century pop culture observations related to female trios."
"Laura Shamas's 'We Three': The Mythology of Shakespeare's Weird Sisters opens with a concise, detailed account of the stage history of the 'Weird Sisters' from Macbeth, including the useful reminder that the only extant contemporary description of their on-stage appearance comes from the diarist and astrolger Simon Forman, who refers to them as 'nymphs and fairies' (p. 2) This provides Shamas with a sold base for launching her investigation into what Shakespeare was up to in presenting these ambiguous figures to James I. Shamas pays close attention to probable sources for Shakespeare's depiction of the witches...Shamas also considers the mythological background of female triads at length and discusses the witch as a scapegoat-figure. - The Year's Work in English Studies [Oxford Journals] (2010) 89 (1): 337-450.
"Laura Shamas explores...various backgrounds to early modern witchcraft belief; her effort may assist producers and directors of the play." - A. R. Braunmuller, ed. Macbeth (Cambridge University Press, 2008, p. 104)
"Excellently researched...This creative weaving of the mythological heritage is unique to Shakespeare. It suggests that the politics of Macbeth is more mysterious than other scholars have perceived...Laura Shamas is to be congratulated for giving to Shakespeare's most dramatically powerful creatures of darkness their proper place as guardians of the 'weyward path' to the Other...'We Three' is now an indispensable resource for that most spell-binding of plays." - Susan Rowland, book review, Spring Journal, Volume 78 (Fall 2007, pages 377-379).
Playwriting for Theater, Film and Television by Laura Shamas
Betterway Books, 1991. ISBN-13: 978-15588702134
From School Library Journal:
"YA - A step-by-step how-to for playwriting, this is a readable guide. In an no-nonsense but good humored fashion, Shamas not only outlines how to write plays or screenplays, but also provides valuable contest, marketing, and publishing information for beginners."
- Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal:
"This unusual and exemplary manual focuses on the process of writing one's own play. Most books of this ilk give innumerable pages to plot points, action curves, and formal presentation but little to the basic concerns of novice writers, such as outlining character and plot, filling in those outlines, and dealing with a case of writer's block. This book addresses all these concerns with clear instructions and exercises, providing a simple and warm discussion of the whole process. Classics in the field of screen writing, e.g., Edward Dmytryk's On Screen Writing (Focal Pr., 1985) or Syd Field's Screenplay (Dell, 1984. pap.), concentrate on what the industry expects in form and content rather than on the more practical aspects of writing and marketing a play. Thus, this is a welcome addition to the classics: together they present a much fuller picture of the entire process."
- Robert Rayher, Sch. of the Art Inst. of Chicago Lib., Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.