Not Shakespeare by Richard W. Schoch
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Not Shakespeare
By Richard W. Schoch

Not Shakespeare

Bardolatry and Burlesque in the Nineteenth Century

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Not Shakespeare by Richard W. Schoch

Book Awards

  • Winner of Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2002.

Book Description

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 this 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521800150
ISBN-10: 0521800153
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 3-Jan-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Richard W. Schoch

Richard W. Schoch is Lecturer in Drama at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London.

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