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This Element examines recent documentaries depicting marginalized youth who are ostensibly redeemed by their encounters with Shakespeare. These films emerge in response to four historical and discursive developments: the rise of reality television and its emphasis on the emotional transformation of the private individual; the concomitant rise of neoliberalism and emotional capitalism, which employ therapeutic discourses to individualize social inequality; the privatization of public education and the rise of so-called “no-excuses” or “new paternalist” charter schools; and the emergence of new modes of address infusing evangelical conversion narratives with a therapeutic self-help ethos.
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‘The book offers fascinating glimpses into the uses and abuses of the arts in a capitalist 'self-help' culture’. Molly Clark, The Times Literary SupplementSee more reviews
‘… offers fascinating glimpses into the uses and abuses of the arts in a capitalist 'self-help' culture.' Molly Clark, Times Literary Supplement
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- Date Published: April 2020
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781108743167
- length: 112 pages
- dimensions: 127 x 180 x 8 mm
- weight: 0.12kg
- contains: 9 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Genre trouble: between fiction, documentary and reality television
2. Pedagogy under emotional capitalism
3. Self-help culture and the new paternalism
4. Character education and spiritual-therapeutic conversion narratives
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