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Shakespearean Charity and the Perils of Redemptive Performance


Part of Elements in Shakespeare Performance

  • Date Published: April 2020
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108743167

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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 Supplement

    '… slim and sharp-edged … At under 100 pages, its short format is unusual and welcome.' William N. West, SEL Studies in English Literature 1500–1900

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    Product details

    • 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

  • Author

    Todd Landon Barnes, Ramapo College of New Jersey

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