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Shakespeare and Girls’ Studies

1st Edition

By Ariane M. Balizet


176 pages

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Hardback: 9781138554290
pub: 2019-12-01
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A modern-dayTaming 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 Juliet trapped in an eternal battle with her greatest enemy, Romeo. Students, scholars, performers, and fans of Shakespeare have likely noticed that Shakespeare in popular culture is increasingly becoming the domain of the adolescent girl. Shakespeare and Girls’ Studies is a volume that engages the interdisciplinary field of Girls’ Studies to analyze adaptation and cultural appropriation of Shakespeare’s plays in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Shakespeare and Girls’ Studies argues that girls hold a central place in Shakespearean adaptation, taking as its subject the overlap between Shakespeare’s timeless girl heroines and contemporary popular culture that embraces figures like Juliet and Ophelia to understand and validate the experiences of girls. Focusing on film, television, young adult fiction, feminist pedagogy, and online video series aimed at girl readers and audiences, this volume explores the history of Shakespeare and girlhood and impact of girl cultures and concerns on Shakespeare’s afterlife in popular culture.

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About the Author

Ariane M. Balizet is an Associate Professor of English and Faculty Affiliate in Women and Gender Studies at TCU in Fort Worth, TX. She received her Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Minnesota. She is the author of Blood and Home in Early Modern Drama: Domestic Identity on the Renaissance Stage (Routledge, 2014), and eleven peer-reviewed articles on Shakespeare, Renaissance drama, feminism, and popular culture in venues such as Comparative Literature Studies, Early Modern Literary Studies, Women’s Studies, Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation, and collections published by Palgrave, Ashgate, Routledge, and McFarland.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Shakespeare

This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Considering Shakespeare alongside topics such as religion, politics, gender, race, ecology, popular culture, and history, titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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