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Shakespeare / Not Shakespeare

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  • Combines recent scholarship in new media with the work of canonical theorists such as Derrida, Deleuze, and Haraway
  • Offers a rigorous exploration of questions of authorship, “post-textual” adaptations, and intermedia appropriations
  • Engages with a wide range of media, including novels, comics, television series, films, social media
  • Includes supplementary material:

Part of the book series: Reproducing Shakespeare (RESH)

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This essay collection addresses the paradox that something may at once “be” and “not be” Shakespeare. This phenomenon can be a matter of perception rather than authorial intention: audiences may detect Shakespeare where the author disclaims him or have difficulty finding him where he is named. Douglas Lanier’s “Shakespearean rhizome,” which co-opts Deleuze and Guattari’s concept of artistic relations as rhizomes (a spreading, growing network that sprawls horizontally to defy hierarchies of origin and influence) is fundamental to this exploration. Essays discuss the fine line between “Shakespeare” and “not Shakespeare” through a number of critical lenses—networks and pastiches, memes and echoes, texts and paratexts, celebrities and afterlives, accidents and intertexts—and include a wide range of examples: canonical plays by Shakespeare, historical figures, celebrities, television performances and adaptations, comics, anime appropriations, science fiction novels, blockbuster films, gangster films, Shakesploitation and teen films, foreign language films, and non-Shakespearean classic films. 

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Table of contents (17 chapters)

  1. Accidents and Intertexts

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of English, University of Georgia, Athens, USA

    Christy Desmet

  • Department of English, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, USA

    Natalie Loper

  • Department of English, Arcadia University, Glenside, USA

    Jim Casey

About the editors

Christy Desmet is Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Georgia.

Natalie Loper is Instructor and Assistant Director of First-Year Writing at The University of Alabama.

Jim Casey is Assistant Professor of Shakespeare, Literary Theory, and Cultural Studies at Arcadia University.

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