Shakespeare | Cut: Rethinking cutwork in an age of distraction by Bruce R. SmithShakespeare | Cut: Rethinking cutwork in an age of distraction by Bruce R. Smith

Shakespeare | Cut: Rethinking cutwork in an age of distraction

byBruce R. Smith

Hardcover | August 4, 2016

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In distracted times like the present, Shakespeare too has been driven to distraction. Shakespeare | Cut considers contemporary practices of cutting up Shakespeare in stage productions, videogames, book sculptures, and YouTube postings, but it also takes the long view of how Shakespeare's textshave been cut apart in creative ways beginning in Shakespeare's own time. The book's five chapters consider cuts, cutting, and cutwork from a variety of angles: (1) as bodily experiences, (2) as essential parts of the process whereby Shakespeare and his contemporaries crafted scripts, (3) as unitsin perception, (4) as technologies situated at the interface between "figure" and "life," and (5) as a fetish in western culture since 1900. Printed here for the first time are examples of the cut-ups that William S. Burroughs and Brion Guysin carried out with Shakespeare texts in the 1950s. BruceR. Smith's original analysis is accompanied by twenty-four illustrations, which suggest the multiple media in which cutwork with Shakespeare has been carried out.

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Bruce R. Smith, Dean's Professor of English at the University of Southern California, is the author of seven books, including The Acoustic World of Early Modern England (1999), The Key of Green (2009), Phenomenal Shakespeare (2010), and Shakespeare and Masculinity (2000, reissued 2012). The two-volume two-million-word Cambridge Guide t...
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Title:Shakespeare | Cut: Rethinking cutwork in an age of distractionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:218 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.03 inPublished:August 4, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198735529

ISBN - 13:9780198735526

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Table of Contents

1. Cuts in, to, by, from, and with Shakespeare: Forms and effects across four centuries2. Cutwork: Cutting out plays and putting them on3. Cut and run: Perceptual cuts in hearing, seeing, and remembering4. At the cutting edge: Interfaces between figure and life5. The new cut: Shuffling cuts since 1900