Shakespeare in American Life

Shakespeare in American Life

by Virginia Mason Vaughan
     
 

Shakespeare and American Life celebrates the extraordinary English poet’s influence on American culture – whether high, low, or middlebrow – to mark the 150th anniversary of Henry Folger’s birth and the 75th anniversary of the great library he and Emily created for Shakespearean scholarship. A sampler of such scholarship is here presented by

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Shakespeare and American Life celebrates the extraordinary English poet’s influence on American culture – whether high, low, or middlebrow – to mark the 150th anniversary of Henry Folger’s birth and the 75th anniversary of the great library he and Emily created for Shakespearean scholarship. A sampler of such scholarship is here presented by nine essays that offer contexts for the multitude of images and objects on display in the Folger Library’s Great Hall during the spring and summer of 2007, many of them – and a few additional images – reproduced in this catalogue. The essays explore Shakespeare’s influence on America’s cultural history from a variety of perspectives. Chronologically, they range from the colonial period, to the adoption of Shakespeare as an "American genius" in the nineteenth century, to twentieth-century musical comedy, film, theater, and finally to Shakespeare as we know him in twentyfirst century America. Culturally, the essays range from the academic (about editors and scholars), to the theatrical (Shakespeare’s continuous presence on the American stage), to the popular (the appropriation of Shakespeare as a popular icon in advertising, folk art, and kitsch).

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Library Journal

This compilation of essays by nine prominent Shakespeare scholars includes a catalog of a recent exhibition at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, celebrating the library's 75th anniversary. Text and illustrations highlight the richness of the Folger collection, which informed most of the essays. Each essay examines an aspect of America's interest in Shakespeare from the Colonial era and illustrates Shakespeare's continuing influence on American popular culture. Topics include American Shakespeare films, black Shakespeare productions, and Shakespeare's influence on the American musical; a special piece focuses on Shakespeare-dedicated scrapbooks. The catalog includes 88 color illustrations as well as brief descriptions of each item in the exhibit. Several other texts cover Shakespeare's influence on American life-e.g., Kim C. Sturgess's Shakespeare in the American Nation-but none is as closely tied to the physical evidence of his influence. Recommended for public and academic libraries. [The Folger Shakespeare Library has also produced a three-hour NPR documentary and a web site in conjunction with the exhibit and book.-Ed.]
—Shana C. Fair

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780295987156
Publisher:
Folger Shakespeare Library
Publication date:
01/01/2007
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 11.80(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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