Popular Shakespeare: Simulation and Subversion on the Modern Stage

Hardcover | March 15, 2009

byStephen Purcell

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In recent years, the 'Popular Shakespeare' phenomenon has become ever more pervasive: in fringe productions, mainstream theatre, or the mass media, Shakespeare is increasingly constructed as an authentic part of popular culture. A vivid account of Shakespeare in performance since the 1990s, this book examines what 'Shakespeare' means to us today.

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In recent years, the 'Popular Shakespeare' phenomenon has become ever more pervasive: in fringe productions, mainstream theatre, or the mass media, Shakespeare is increasingly constructed as an authentic part of popular culture. A vivid account of Shakespeare in performance since the 1990s, this book examines what 'Shakespeare' means t...

STEPHEN PURCELL teaches on Shakespeare, theatre history and contemporary performance at Southampton Solent University, UK, where he is joint course leader for the English scheme. He holds a PhD from the University of Kent, where he also taught for four years. He also directs for the open-air theatre company The Pantaloons. 

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 8.85 × 5.69 × 0.85 inPublished:March 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230577032

ISBN - 13:9780230577039

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Table of Contents

Contents
Preface
Acknowledgements
Personal Narrative I: Ambiguous applause
Popular Shakespeares
Personal Narrative II: Stand-up Shakespeare
Text and Metatext: Shakespeare and Anachronism
Personal Narrative III: Jeffrey Archer: the one that got away
'A Play Extempore': Interpolation, Improvisation, and Unofficial Speech
Personal Narrative IV: A bit sexist
'It's like a Shakespeare play!': Parodic Appropriations of Shakespeare
Personal Narrative V: Blasphemy
Shakespeare's Popular Audience: Reconstructions and Deconstructions
Personal Narrative VI: Alternative endings
Shakespeare, Space, and the 'Popular'
Personal Narrative VII: 'It's the famous bit!': fragments of Romeo and Juliet
Shakespearean 'Samples'
Personal Narrative VIII: Rough magic
Notes
Bibliography
Index