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Shakespearean Charity and the Perils of Redemptive Performance

Part of Elements in Shakespeare Performance

  • Publication planned for: April 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from April 2020
  • 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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    • Publication planned for: April 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108743167
    • length: 112 pages
    • dimensions: 178 x 127 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from April 2020
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    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
    Conclusion

  • Author

    Todd Landon Barnes, Ramapo College of New Jersey

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