Shakespeare and Modern Popular Culture

Paperback | September 1, 2002

byDouglas Lanier

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Shakespeare and Superman? Shakespeare and The Twilight Zone? Shakespeare and romance novels? What is Shakespeare doing in modern popular culture? In the first book-length study to consider the modern 'Shakespop' phenomenon broadly, Douglas Lanier examines how our conceptions of Shakespeare'sworks and his cultural status have been profoundly shapes by Shakespeare's diffuse presence in such popular forms as films, comic books, TV shows, mass-market fiction, children's books, kitsch, and advertising. Shakespeare and Modern Popular Culture offers an overview of issues raised inShakespeare's appropriation in twentieth-century popular culture, amd argues that Shakespeare's appearances in these media can be seen as a form of cultural theorizing, a means by which popular culture thinks through its relationship to high culture. Through a series of case studies, the bookexamines how popular culture actively constructs, contests, uses, and perpetuates Shakespeare's cultural authority.

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Shakespeare and Superman? Shakespeare and The Twilight Zone? Shakespeare and romance novels? What is Shakespeare doing in modern popular culture? In the first book-length study to consider the modern 'Shakespop' phenomenon broadly, Douglas Lanier examines how our conceptions of Shakespeare'sworks and his cultural status have been profo...

Douglas Lanier is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, English Department, University of New Hampshire.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:198 pages, 7.99 × 5.31 × 0.46 inPublished:September 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198187068

ISBN - 13:9780198187066

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Table of Contents

1. Where No Bard Has Gone Before2. Unpopularizing Shakespeare: A Short History3. According to Shakespeare: Allusion and Citation4. Recasting the Plays: Homage, Adaptation, Parody5. A Will to Reinvent: Biography and Mythology6. Shakespeare Tourism and FestivalsFurther Reading