Not Shakespeare: Bardolatry and Burlesque in the Nineteenth Century by Richard W. SchochNot Shakespeare: Bardolatry and Burlesque in the Nineteenth Century by Richard W. Schoch

Not Shakespeare: Bardolatry and Burlesque in the Nineteenth Century

byRichard W. Schoch

Paperback | November 2, 2006

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Burlesque has been a powerful and enduring weapon in the critique of legitimate Shakespearean culture by a seemingly illegitimate popular culture, particularly in the nineteenth century. This first study of nineteenth-century Shakespeare burlesques explores the paradox that plays obviously not Shakespearean appear to be the most genuinely Shakespearean of all. The book brings together archival research, rare photographs and illustrations, studies of burlesque scripts, and an awareness of theatrical, literary, and cultural contexts.
Richard W. Schoch is Lecturer in Drama at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London.
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Title:Not Shakespeare: Bardolatry and Burlesque in the Nineteenth CenturyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.47 inPublished:November 2, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521031524

ISBN - 13:9780521031523

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgments; Note on texts; Introduction: 'New Readings for Unconventional Tragedians'; 1. 'Vile beyond endurance' : the language of burlesque; 2. Shakespeare's surrogates; 3. Shakespeare in Bohemia; 4. Politics 'burlesquified'; Bibliography; Index.

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"That the author succeeds so well in engaging the reader throughout this well-researched and highly readable study is a hallmark of its success. [T]his is a very personal book, which, in communicating the author's passion for his material, incites in the reader a desire to read the burlesques with a respect for their wit and power, and-by reflection-to examine carefully his or her stance toward any sacred masterwork of dramatic literature." Christopher J. Markle, Northern Illinois University, Theatre Journal