Shakespeare and Youth Culture

Paperback | December 15, 2009

byJennifer Hulbert, Robert York, Kevin J. Wetmore

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This volume deconstructs the underlying assumptions behind youth-culture Shakespeare and then analyzes specific "texts," from 10 Things I Hate about You to The Bomb-itty of Errors, from The Sandman to Reviving Ophelia.  The authors explore the appropriation of Shakespeare by youth culture and the expropriation of youth culture in the manufacture and marketing of "Shakespeare."  Considering the reduction, translation, and referencing of the plays and the man, the volume engages the points of confluence between Shakepop and rock, rap, toys, graphic novels, teen films, and pop psychology.

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This volume deconstructs the underlying assumptions behind youth-culture Shakespeare and then analyzes specific "texts," from 10 Things I Hate about You to The Bomb-itty of Errors, from The Sandman to Reviving Ophelia.  The authors explore the appropriation of Shakespeare by youth culture and the expropriation of youth culture in the m...

Jennifer Hulbert completed her degree in acting at Denison University, where she was also the recipient of a Provost's Young Scholar Grant to carry out her research on contemporary feminist adaptations and appropriations of Shakespeare  She currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr. lives and works in Los Angeles,...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9.65 × 5.52 × 0.62 inPublished:December 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230623077

ISBN - 13:9780230623071

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Table of Contents

"Nobody Outcrazies Ophelia!": Reducing, Translating, and Referencing Shakespeare for Youth * Smells Like Teen Shakespirit, or The Shakespearean Films of Julia Stiles * Are You Shakesperienced? Rock and Roll and the Production of Shakespeare * Big Willie Style: Hip Hop and Being Down with the Bard * Adolescence, Thy Name is Ophelia": The Ophelia-ization of the Contemporary Teenage Girl * This Bard's for You

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"Shakespeare and Youth Culture provides fascinating analysis of the interplay between the Bard's works and a wide array of cultural artifacts--film, rock music, hip hop, toys, comics, graphic novels, pop psychology--that constitute Shakespeare's "after-life" in post-modern culture. Its perceptive examination of Shakespeare's influence on youth culture and youth culture's role in the current construction of Shakespeare's plays makes it mandatory reading for high school and college educators, cultural critics, and anyone with an interest in Shakespeare's impact on contemporary culture."--Lisa McDonnell, Denison University