The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare and Popular Culture

by Robert Shaughnessy

Part of the Cambridge Companions to Literature Series

The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare and Popular Culture Synopsis

This Companion explores the remarkable variety of forms that Shakespeare's life and works have taken over the course of four centuries, ranging from the early modern theatrical marketplace to the age of mass media, and including stage and screen performance, music and the visual arts, the television serial and popular prose fiction. The book asks what happens when Shakespeare is popularized, and when the popular is Shakespeareanized; it queries the factors that determine the definitions of and boundaries between the legitimate and illegitimate, the canonical and the authorized and the subversive, the oppositional, the scandalous and the inane. Leading scholars discuss the ways in which the plays and poems of Shakespeare, as well as Shakespeare himself, have been interpreted and reinvented, adapted and parodied, transposed into other media, and act as a source of inspiration for writers, performers, artists and film-makers worldwide.

The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare and Popular Culture Press Reviews

'... Shakespeare and Popular Culture is a book that makes imperative reading for anyone who's remotely interested in literature, poetry, theatre, drama, the use of language, society at large and William Shakespeare's ever contagious and inexorable influence - upon all of the aforementioned and a whole lot more besides.' David Marx

Book Information

ISBN: 9780521605809
Publication date: 28th June 2007
Author: Robert Shaughnessy
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 306 pages
Categories: Shakespeare studies & criticism,

About Robert Shaughnessy

Robert Shaughnessy is Professor of Theatre at the University of Kent.

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