Shakespearean afterlives: ten characters with a life of their own
From art to advertising, psycology to politics, opera to cinema, Shakespeare's stories and characters have found an enduring place in our consciousness, enjoying 'afterlives' as rich and varied as their original incarnations in the playhouse. This book is a cultural biography of Shakespeare's most famous characters. From Shylock to the Shrew, Richard the Third to Romeo - via Shakespeare in Love and West Side Story - it charts the many and various existences that these characters have led outside the pages of the First Folio. Each chapter offers an original perspective on a well-known character, examining their role in the play, their history in performance and their intriguingly kaleidoscopic life in the popular consciousness. Featuring interviews with actors and directors, this book is for 'the great Variety of Readers' who enjoy their Shakespeare and are intrigued by the seemingly endless capacity of his characters for re-invention and reincarnation.
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Review: Shakespearean Afterlives: Ten Characters with a Life of Their OwnUser Review - Chris - Goodreads
I'm really torn about giving this three stars. I'm wavering between three or four. I love the fact that Josie Lawrence is in this. I really do. I was all set to give it four stars because of that. Yet ... Read full review
Review: Shakespearean Afterlives: Ten Characters with a Life of Their OwnUser Review - Goodreads
Superb survey of the ways that Shakespeare has infected modern culture. The book is organized around the way 10 of his characters are perceived and used as cultural motifs. These probably tell us more about our culture than it does about Shakespeare or these characters, but isn't that the point?
Engendering a Nation: A Feminist Account of Shakespeare's English Histories
Jean Elizabeth Howard
No preview available - 1997