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Not Shakespeare
Bardolatry and Burlesque in the Nineteenth Century

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  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521031523

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About the Authors
  • Burlesque has been a powerful and enduring weapon in the critique of legitimate Shakespearean culture by a seemingly illegitimate popular culture, particularly in the nineteenth century. This first study of nineteenth-century Shakespeare burlesques explores the paradox that plays obviously not Shakespearean appear to be the most genuinely Shakespearean of all. The book brings together archival research, rare photographs and illustrations, studies of burlesque scripts, and an awareness of theatrical, literary, and cultural contexts.

    • This book is on nineteenth-century Shakespeare burlesques - it redefines the field of Shakespeare performance history
    • Previously unpublished illustrations, including rare photographs of burlesque performers
    • Schoch's previous book - Shakespeare's Victorian Stage (CUP, 1998) also the first on its topic - received excellent reviews
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    • Not Shakespeare was named as the CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title for 2002

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    "That the author succeeds so well in engaging the reader throughout this well-researched and highly readable study is a hallmark of its success. [T]his is a very personal book, which, in communicating the author's passion for his material, incites in the reader a desire to read the burlesques with a respect for their wit and power, and-by reflection-to examine carefully his or her stance toward any sacred masterwork of dramatic literature." Christopher J. Markle, Northern Illinois University, Theatre Journal

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521031523
    • length: 224 pages
    • dimensions: 233 x 154 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.325kg
    • contains: 24 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Note on texts
    Introduction: 'New Readings for Unconventional Tragedians'
    1. 'Vile beyond endurance' : the language of burlesque
    2. Shakespeare's surrogates
    3. Shakespeare in Bohemia
    4. Politics 'burlesquified'

  • Author

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


    • Not Shakespeare was named as the CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title for 2002

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