Louise Geddes's Appropriating Shakespeare: A Cultural History of Pyramus and PDF

By Louise Geddes

Appropriating Shakespeare: A Cultural historical past of Pyramus and Thisbe argues that the colourful, transformative heritage of Shakespeare’s play-within-a-play from A Midsummer Night’s Dream throughout 4 centuries permits us to work out the way Shakespeare is used to either create and critique emergent cultural developments. due to its cautious contrast among “good” and “bad” artwork, Pyramus and Thisbe’s playful meditation at the foolishness of over-reaching theatrical ambition is again and again appropriated via artists looking to parody modern aesthetics, leading to an ongoing evaluation of Shakespeare’s worth to the time. starting with the play’s personal production as an appropriation of Ovid, designed to maintain the rowdy clown in fee, Appropriating Shakespeare is a wide-ranging learn that charts Pyramus and Thisbe’s personal metamorphosis via opera, novel, tv, and, after all, theatre. This special historical past illustrates Pyramus and Thisbe’s skill to draw like-minded, experimental, genre-bending artists who use the textual content as a way of exploring the worth in their personal person craft. eventually, what this background finds is that, in excerpt, Pyramus and Thisbe affirms where of artist as either shopper and manufacturer of Shakespeare.

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