1st Edition

Shakespearean Spaces in Australian Literary Adaptations for Children and Young Adults

By Michael Marokakis Copyright 2023
    262 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    262 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Shakespearean Spaces in Australian Literary Adaptations for Children and Young Adults offers a comprehensive examination of Shakespearean adaptations written by Australian authors for children and Young Adults. The 20-year period crossing the late-twentieth and early twenty-first centuries came to represent a diverse and productive era of adapting Shakespeare in Australian literature. As an analysis of Australian and international marketplaces, physical and imaginative spaces and the body as a site of meaning, this book reveals how the texts are ideologically bound to and disseminate Shakespearean cultural capital in contemporary ways. Combining current research in children’s literature and Bourdieu’s theory of cultural capital deepens the critical awareness of the status of Australian literature while illuminating a corpus of literature underrepresented by the pre-existing concentration on adaptations from other parts of the world. Of particular interest is how these adaptations merge Shakespearean worlds with the spaces inhabited by young people, such as the classroom, the stage, the imagination and the gendered body. The readership of this book would be academics, researchers and students of children’s literature studies and Shakespeare studies, particularly those interested in Shakespearean cultural theory, transnational adaptation and literary appropriation. High school educators and pre-service teachers would also find this book valuable as they look to broaden and strengthen their use of adaptations to engage students in Shakespeare studies.


    1. The Australian Marketplace: Australian Authorship, Shakespearean Stories and Young Readers

    Navigating the Marketplace of Australian Adaptations

    Shakespearean Currency in the Australian Marketplace

    The Three Categories of Australian Shakespearean Adaptations

    Adaptations as Historical Fictions

    Adaptations Set in Contemporary Australian Contexts

    Hybrid Settings: Texts Set in Contemporary Australia and the World of the Shakespeare Play

    Paratextual Elements

    2. Meeting Shakespeare in the Child’s Space: A Question of Subjectification and Socialisation

    School and Classroom Spaces

    Educational Forms in Australian Adaptations

    The Classroom beyond its Four Walls

    Putting on Shakespeare: The Politics of the School Stage

    Dreams and Imaginary Spaces

    3. The Bodies He Wrote: (Re)Casting Gendered Identities

    Shakespeare’s Men as Contemporary Boys

    Rewriting Shakespeare’s Girls

    Old Bodies Made New: Contemporary Adaptations and the Question of Inclusivity

    4. Australian Adaptations on the World Stage: Greenberg, Masson and French

    Theorising the International Marketplace

    Strategies and Textualities

    Picture Books and Graphic Novels

    Fictionalising Shakespeare as Character

    Shakespearean Adaptation as Historiographic Metafiction



    Michael Marokakis is currently the Head of English at Newington College in Sydney, Australia. In 2020, he received his PhD from The University of Sydney for his research on Shakespearean adaptations. During his completion of his BA Dip Ed (Hons) at Macquarie University, he was awarded the HW Piper Memorial Prize and the Elizabeth M Liggins Prize, both for excellence in the English Honours program. Dr Marokakis is a New South Wales Higher School Certificate marker for English Extension 2 and has presented at conferences, including the British Shakespeare Association Conference in 2016 and the AULLA Conference in 2013. He was also a sessional lecturer at the University of Sydney in the Masters of Education English Curriculum course in 2018.