Shakespeare and Modern Popular Culture (Book Title)


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Shakespeare and Star Trek, Shakespeare and Schwarzenegger, Shakespeare and rap, Shakespeare and Superman. What's up with that? In this provocative book, UNH associate professor of English Douglas Lanier explores how and why it is that Shakespeare, perhaps more than any other major literary figure, is alluded to or adapted in so many different ways in contemporary popular culture, and for so many different audiences. His book addresses the history of Shakespeare’s interaction with popular culture and examines examples from many different mass media, including film, TV, comic books, popular fiction, and music. He takes up such subjects as popular representations of Shakespeare the man, tourist destinations and popular performance of Shakespeare, and the function of Shakespeare in advertising. Using this book as a basis, Lanier deftly unpacks the cultural baggage labeled with the "Shakespeare" tag. He invites the audience to think more fully about cultural production, and more seriously about the effects of popular culture on traditional high art. Shakespeare and Modern Popular Culture (Non-fiction, Oxford University Press, 2002, ISBN # 0198187033)


Doug Lanier

Douglas Lanier, an associate professor of English at the University of New Hampshire, specializes in early British drama, particularly non-Shakespearean drama of the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods. He teaches a variety of courses in drama and theater history, Shakespeare, Renaissance literature, film, cultural studies and literary theory, and received a UNH Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2000. He has published articles on Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, John Milton, John Marston, Shakespeare on film, Shakespeare and popular culture, and literature pedagogy; he is a consultant for the SourceBooks editions of Shakespeare, on the editorial board of the journal Shakespeare, and a contributor to two reference works devoted to Shakespeare, Shakespeares After Shakespeare and The Shakespeare Encyclopedia.

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