ISBN-10:
0415207266
ISBN-13:
9780415207263
Pub. Date:
11/04/1999
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Shakespeare And Appropriation / Edition 1

Shakespeare And Appropriation / Edition 1

by Christy Desmet, Robert Sawyer

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Shakespeare And Appropriation / Edition 1

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415207263
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 11/04/1999
Series: Accents on Shakespeare Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.55(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

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 show how writer's

efforts to intimate, contradict, compete with, and reproduce Shakespeare keep him in the cultural conversation. The contributors analyse the methods and motives of Shakespearean appropriation by looking at a wide range of works and people including: * Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet * A

Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley * Mama Day by Gloria Naylor * Robert Browning * the Disney films The Little Mermaid and The Lion King * Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch Contributors: James Andreas, Caroline Cakebread, Richard Finkelstein, Terence Hawkes, Ivo Kamps, Matt Kozusko, Laurie

Osborne, Robert Sawyer, Jyotsna Singh, Lisa S. Starks, Gary Taylor, Georgianna Ziegler.

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 (Bruce Boehrer, Florida State University)

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