Shakespeare And Appropriation / Edition 1

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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

  • ISBN-13: 9780415207263
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/4/1999
  • Series: Accents on Shakespeare Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

List of figures
List of contributors
General editor's preface
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Appropriation in theory
1 Alas, poor Shakespeare! I knew him well 15
2 Entry on Q 33
3 Romancing the Bard 47
4 Moor or less? The surveillance of Othello, Calcutta 1848 65
Pt. 2 Appropriation in practice
5 Remembering King Lear in Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres 85
6 Signifyin' on The Tempest in Gloria Naylor's Mama Day 103
7 Accommodating the virago: Nineteenth-century representations of Lady Macbeth 119
8 The Shakespeareanization of Robert Browning 142
9 The displaced body of desire: Sexuality in Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet 160
10 Disney cites Shakespeare: The limits of appropriation 179
11 Afterword: The incredible shrinking Bard 197
Further reading 206
References 211
Index 228
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