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This Companion explores the remarkable variety of forms that Shakespeare's life and works have taken over the course of four centuries, ranging from the early modern theatrical marketplace to the age of mass media, and including stage and screen performance, music and the visual arts, the television serial and popular prose fiction. The book asks what happens when Shakespe This Companion explores the remarkable variety of forms that Shakespeare's life and works have taken over the course of four centuries, ranging from the early modern theatrical marketplace to the age of mass media, and including stage and screen performance, music and the visual arts, the television serial and popular prose fiction. The book asks what happens when Shakespeare is popularized, and when the popular is Shakespeareanized; it queries the factors that determine the definitions of and boundaries between the legitimate and illegitimate, the canonical and the authorized and the subversive, the oppositional, the scandalous and the inane. Leading scholars discuss the ways in which the plays and poems of Shakespeare, as well as Shakespeare himself, have been interpreted and reinvented, adapted and parodied, transposed into other media, and act as a source of inspiration for writers, performers, artists and film-makers worldwide.


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This Companion explores the remarkable variety of forms that Shakespeare's life and works have taken over the course of four centuries, ranging from the early modern theatrical marketplace to the age of mass media, and including stage and screen performance, music and the visual arts, the television serial and popular prose fiction. The book asks what happens when Shakespe This Companion explores the remarkable variety of forms that Shakespeare's life and works have taken over the course of four centuries, ranging from the early modern theatrical marketplace to the age of mass media, and including stage and screen performance, music and the visual arts, the television serial and popular prose fiction. The book asks what happens when Shakespeare is popularized, and when the popular is Shakespeareanized; it queries the factors that determine the definitions of and boundaries between the legitimate and illegitimate, the canonical and the authorized and the subversive, the oppositional, the scandalous and the inane. Leading scholars discuss the ways in which the plays and poems of Shakespeare, as well as Shakespeare himself, have been interpreted and reinvented, adapted and parodied, transposed into other media, and act as a source of inspiration for writers, performers, artists and film-makers worldwide.

34 review for The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare and Popular Culture

  1. 5 out of 5

    Julie Bozza

    This is a personal reaction only, so your mileage will no doubt vary, but I was disappointed in this book. I usually love love love Cambridge Companions - and 'Shakespeare and Popular Culture' should be right up my alley in both 'academic' and 'personal interest' terms. Part of the problem was the examples used. The whole set of essays is mainly concerned with the play 'Hamlet', which doesn't really float my boat. So if you love 'Hamlet', then you may just eat this up. I was totally engaged by a This is a personal reaction only, so your mileage will no doubt vary, but I was disappointed in this book. I usually love love love Cambridge Companions - and 'Shakespeare and Popular Culture' should be right up my alley in both 'academic' and 'personal interest' terms. Part of the problem was the examples used. The whole set of essays is mainly concerned with the play 'Hamlet', which doesn't really float my boat. So if you love 'Hamlet', then you may just eat this up. I was totally engaged by a paragraph discussing Mark Knopfler's song 'Romeo and Juliet' - but usually I am engaged by a Cambridge Companion throughout, and whether or not I am familiar with the examples and sources then I am moved to go (re)discover them. I was very interested by the last essay on playbills and posters, but it was written in such a staccato style that I found it quite hard to read, so that was disappointing again. I know I'm a fan of 'the classic style' so again YMMV, but this seemed a classic case of idiosyncratic style getting in the way of substance. Anyway, it seems very cheeky of me to 3-star a Cambridge Companion, but Goodreads labels the ratings in subjective ways, so in this case that's how I'm using them. I remain sure there's a large audience out there who'll happily engage with this volume in ways I did not!

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