Shakespeare and Appropriation

Shakespeare and Appropriation

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The vitality of our culture is still often measured by the status Shakespeare has within it. Contemporary readers and writers continue to exploit Shakespeare's cultural afterlife in a vivid and creative way. This fascinating collection of original essays shows how writers' efforts to imitate, contradict, compete with, and reproduce Shakespeare keep him in the cultural conversation.
The essays:
* analyze the methods and motives of Shakespearean appropriation
* investigate theoretically the return of the repressed author in discussions of Shakespeare's cultural function
* put into dialogue theoretical and literary responses to Shakespeare's cultural authority
* analyze works ranging from nineteenth century to the present, and genres ranging from poetry and the novel to Disney movies.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 16mm | 408g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0415207266
  • 9780415207263
  • 1,662,059

Table of contents

List of illustrations List of contributors General editor's preface Acknowledgements Introduction, Christy Desmet, Part 1: Appropriation in Theory, 1. Alas, Poor Shakespeare! I Knew Him Well Ivo Kamps 2. Entry on Q Terence Hawkes 3. Romancing the Bard Laurie E. Osbourne 4. Moor or Less?: The Surveillance of Othello, Calcutta 1848 Sudipto Chatterjee and Jyotsana G. Singh Part 2: Appropriation in Practice 5. Remembering King Lear in Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres Caroline Cakebread 6. Signifyin' on The Tempest in Gloria Naylor's Mama Day James R. Andreas, Sr. 7. Accommodating the Virago: Nineteenth-Century Representations of Lady Macbeth Georgianna Ziegler 8. The Shakespeareanization of Robert Browning Robert Sawyer 9. The Displaced Body of Desire: Sexuality in Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet Lisa S. Starks 10. Disney Cites Shakespeare: The Limits of Appropriation Richard Finkelstein 11. Afterword: The Incredible Shrinking Bard Gary Taylor Further Reading, Matt Kozusko Bibliography Index
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""Shakespeare and Appropriation should be essential reading for anyone interested in the current state of Shakespeare studies in North America and the United Kingdom. [T]his volume epitomizes some of the most sophisticated and influential thinking that is currently being done about Shakespeare in scholarly circles. [I]n conception, design, and execution, Desmet and Sawyer's volume is a profoundly satisfying work, richly deserving of a wide and appreciative readership. Itself an act of sophisticated and innovative Shakespearean appropriation, this volume sets a very high standard of achievement for future scholars in its field."
-South Atlantic Review
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About Christy Desmet

Christy Desmet is Associate professor of English at the University of Georgia, and the author of Reading Shakespeare's Characters: Rhetroric, Ethics and Identity (University of Massachusetts Press, 1992). Robert Sawyer is Visiting Associate Professor of English at the University of Georgia.
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