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Shakespeare's Literary Lives
The Author as Character in Fiction and Film

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  • Date Published: January 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107125612

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  • This is an entertaining account of Shakespeare's afterlives in fiction. Paul Franssen offers the first sustained analysis of stories and films that involve the character of Shakespeare. Taking a broad international and historical perspective, he shows how fictions about Shakespeare help us understand what he meant to a certain age, nation, or author, and how they have become a vital aspect of the Shakespeare industry. Appearing sometimes as a ghost or time-traveller, fictional Shakespeares have been made to speak to many issues, such as the French Revolution, the Irish conflict, colonialism, the Anglo-American relationship, sexual orientation, race and class. Written in an accessible style, this book will appeal to advanced students as well as academic researchers in Shakespeare studies, film and cultural studies, literary reception and creative writing.

    • Proposes a new approach to biographical fiction about Shakespeare's life
    • Takes an international approach, going beyond Anglophone traditions
    • Written in an accessible style appealing to a broad readership
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    Awards

    • Honourable Mention, 2017 PROSE Award for Literature

    Reviews & endorsements

    'Franssen's meticulous scholarship and his impressive pan-European reach will immediately establish this book as the most important study of Shakespeare's afterlife as a character since Schoenbaum's Shakespeare's Lives and O'Sullivan's Shakespeare's Other Lives. It will be as invaluable as a reference work as it will be fascinating to anyone studying the international reception of the Shakespeare canon and his posthumous personal appearances in drama, poetry and fiction.' Michael Dobson, University of Birmingham

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107125612
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Shakespeare's ghosts
    2. William the Conqueror
    3. Stratford to London
    4. Wilde imaginings
    5. Faith
    6. Travels
    7. Not of an age
    Conclusion
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Paul Franssen, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands
    Paul Franssen teaches English Literature at the University of Utrecht. He has co-edited several volumes, including The Author as Character (with A. J. Hoenselaars, 1999), Shakespeare and War (with Ros King, 2008) and Shakespeare and European Politics (with Dirk Delabastita and Jozef de Vos, 2008). He has also published numerous articles on Shakespeare and other topics in journals, including Critical Survey, the Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance, Shakespeare Survey and Cahiers Elisabéthains.

    Awards

    • Honourable Mention, 2017 PROSE Award for Literature

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