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Shakespeare and Girls’ Studies

By Ariane M. Balizet Copyright 2020
    190 Pages
    by Routledge

    190 Pages
    by Routledge

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    A modern-day Taming of the Shrew that concludes at a high school prom. An agoraphobic Olivia from Twelfth Night sending video dispatches from her bedroom. A time-traveling teenager finding romance in the house of Capulet. Shakespeare and Girls’ Studies posits that Shakespeare in popular culture is increasingly becoming the domain of the adolescent girl, and engages the interdisciplinary field of Girls’ Studies to analyze adaptation and appropriation of Shakespeare’s plays in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Through chapters on film, television, young adult fiction, and web series aimed at girl readers and audiences, this volume explores the impact of girl cultures and concerns on Shakespeare’s afterlife in popular culture and the classroom. Shakespeare and Girls’ Studies argues that girls hold a central place in Shakespearean adaptation, and that studying Shakespeare through the lens of contemporary girlhoods can generate new approaches to Renaissance literature as well as popular culture aimed at girls and young people of marginalized genders. Drawing on contemporary cultural discourses ranging from Abstinence-Only Sex Education and Shakespeare in the US Common Core to rape culture and coming out, this book addresses the overlap between Shakespeare’s timeless girl heroines and modern popular cultures that embrace figures like Juliet and Ophelia to understand and validate the experiences of girls. Shakespeare and Girls’ Studies theorizes Shakespeare’s past and present cultural authority as part of an intersectional approach to adaptation in popular culture.

    Introduction: A Girls’ Studies Approach to Shakespeare and Adaptation                                                 

    The End(s) of Girlhood: Film     

    The Big Bad Bard: Television and Small Screens

    Time Travelers: Young Adult Fiction

    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Girls: Web Series

    The Future: Shakespeare and/as Girls’ Studies                  


    Ariane M. Balizet is an Associate Professor of English and Faculty Affiliate in Women and Gender Studies at TCU in Fort Worth, TX. She is the author of Blood and Home in Early Modern Drama: Domestic Identity on the Renaissance Stage (Routledge, 2014), and many articles on Shakespeare, Renaissance drama, feminism, girlhood, and popular culture.