Shakespeare and Appropriation

Edited by Christy Desmet, Robert Sawyer

© 1999 – Routledge

256 pages

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About the Book

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.

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Accents on Shakespeare

The Accents on Shakespeare series provides short, powerful 'cutting edge' accounts of and comments on new developments in Shakespeare studies. The volumes either 'apply' theory, or broaden and adapt it in order to connect with concrete teaching concerns. In the process, they also reflect and engage with the major developments in Shakespearean studies of the last ten years.

Since the New Accents series was established, 'theory' as a fundamental feature of the study of literature, the need for short, 'cutting-edge' accounts of and comments on new developments in literary studies has increased enormously. In the case of Shakespeare, Accents on Shakespeare supplies an exciting range of provocative new titles. The books in the series either apply theory, or broaden and adapt it to connect with teaching concerns. In the process they also reflect and engage with the major developments in Shakespearean studies of recent years.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General