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Author Purcell, Stephen, 1981-

Title Popular Shakespeare : simulation and subversion on the modern stage / Stephen Purcell
Published Basingstoke [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 262 pages) : illustrations
Series Palgrave Shakespeare studies
Palgrave Shakespeare studies.
Contents Contents -- Preface -- Acknowledgements -- Personal Narrative I: Ambiguous Applause -- Popular Shakespeares -- Personal Narrative II: Stand-up Shakespeare -- Text and Metatext: Shakespeare and Anachronism -- Personal Narrative III: Jeffrey Archer: The One That Got Away -- 'A Play Extempore': Interpolation, Improvisation, and Unofficial Speech -- Personal Narrative IV: A Bit Sexist -- 'It's Like a Shakespeare Play!': Parodic Appropriations of Shakespeare -- Personal Narrative V: Blasphemy -- Shakespeare's Popular Audience: Reconstructions and Deconstructions -- Personal Narrative VI: Alternative Endings -- Shakespeare, Space, and the 'Popular' -- Personal Narrative VII: 'It's the Famous Bit!': Fragments of Romeo and Juliet -- Shakespearean 'Samples' -- Personal Narrative VIII: Rough Magic -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary In recent years, the 'Popular Shakespeare' phenomenon has become ever more pervasive: whether in fringe productions, mainstream theatre, or the mass media, Shakespeare is increasingly constructed as an authentic part of popular culture. Naturally, these attempts to bring one of the most iconic symbols of high art into the realm of the popular have their problems. 'Popular Shakespeares' will frequently attempt to re-write the past or ignore cultural difference, postulating a universal appeal which transcends the barriers of class, nationality, and even history. Others, however, will poke fun at Shakespeare's cultural authority, parodying and appropriating the texts in a more subversive fashion. Very often, these contradictory attitudes will be found existing side-by-side and inconsistently within one piece of work. A vivid and wide-ranging account of Shakespearean performance in Britain since the 1990s, this book examines an interrelated set of shifts in what the name 'Shakespeare' means to us today
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 234-248) and index
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Subject Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Adaptations -- History and criticism.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Appreciation -- Great Britain.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Dramatic production.
Genre/Form Adaptations.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Palgrave Connect (Online service)
LC no. 2008054705
ISBN 0230234224 (electronic bk.)
9780230234222 (electronic bk.)