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.Read more
- 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- Previously unpublished illustrations, including rare photographs of burlesque performers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
- Not Shakespeare was named as the CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title for 2002
Reviews & endorsements
'… this book clearly establishes its author in the foremost rank of scholars of the Victorian stage … Schoch's edition is a tremendously useful supplement to current awareness of the variety of Victorian theatrical forms …' Theatre Notebook
Not yet reviewed
Be the first to review
Review was not posted due to profanity×
- 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'
Sorry, this resource is locked
Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email firstname.lastname@example.orgRegister Sign in
You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner www.ebooks.com. Please see the permission section of the www.ebooks.com catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.Continue ×
Are you sure you want to delete your account?
This cannot be undone.
Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.
If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.×