The vitality of our culture is still often measured by the status Shakespeare has within it. Contemporary readers and writers continue to exploit Shakespeare's cultural afterlife in a vivid and creative way. This fascinating collection of original essays shows how writers' efforts to imitate, contradict, compete with, and reproduce Shakespeare keep him in the cultural conversation.
The essays:
* analyze the methods and motives of Shakespearean appropriation
* investigate theoretically the return of the repressed author in discussions of Shakespeare's cultural function
* put into dialogue theoretical and literary responses to Shakespeare's cultural authority
* analyze works ranging from nineteenth century to the present, and genres ranging from poetry and the novel to Disney movies.

chapter |12 pages


part |70 pages

Appropriation in theory

chapter |14 pages

Entry on Q

chapter |18 pages

Moor or less?

The surveillance of Othello, Calcutta 1848

part |123 pages

Appropriation in practice

chapter |23 pages

Accommodating the virago

Nineteenth-century representations of Lady Macbeth

chapter |19 pages

The displaced body of desire

Sexuality in Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet

chapter |18 pages

Disney cites Shakespeare

The limits of appropriation

chapter |9 pages


The incredible shrinking Bard

chapter |5 pages

Further reading