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Not Shakespeare : Bardolatry and Burlesque in the Nineteenth Century - Richard W. Schoch

Not Shakespeare

Bardolatry and Burlesque in the Nineteenth Century


Published: 31st May 2008
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Burlesque has been a powerful and enduring weapon in the critique of 'legitimate' Shakespearean culture by a seemingly 'illegitimate' popular culture. This was true most of all in the nineteenth century. From Hamlet Travestie (1810) to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (1891), Shakespeare burlesques were a vibrant, yet controversial form of popular performance: vibrant because of their exuberant humour; controversial because they imperilled Shakespeare's iconic status. Richard Schoch, in the first study of nineteenth-century Shakespeare burlesques, explores the paradox that plays which are manifestly 'not Shakespeare' purport to be the most genuinely Shakespearean of all. Bringing together archival research, rare photographs and illustrations, close readings of burlesque scripts, and an awareness of theatrical, literary and cultural contexts, Schoch changes the way we think about Shakespeare's theatrical legacy and nineteenth-century popular culture. His lively and wide-ranging book will appeal to scholars and students of Shakespeare in performance, theatre history, and Victorian studies.

'... this book clearly establishes its author in the foremost rank of scholars of the Victorian stage ... Schoch's edition is a tremendously useful supplement to current awareness of the variety of Victorian theatrical forms ...' Theatre Notebook

List of illustrations
Note on texts
Introduction: -New Readings for Unconventional Tragedians
-Vile beyond endurance- : the language of burlesque
Shakespeare-s surrogates
Shakespeare in Bohemia
Politics -burlesquified
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ISBN: 9780521800150
ISBN-10: 0521800153
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 31st May 2008
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48