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Shakespeare / Not Shakespeare

  • Christy Desmet
  • Natalie Loper
  • Jim Casey

Part of the Reproducing Shakespeare book series (RESH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Christy Desmet, Natalie Loper, Jim Casey
    Pages 1-22
  3. Networks and Pastiches

  4. Memes and Echoes

  5. Texts and Paratexts

  6. Celebrities and Afterlives

  7. Accidents and Intertexts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 239-239

About this book


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. 


Shakespeare and intertextuality Shakespeare and the post-textual Jean Baudrillard’s hyperreality Shakespearean Rhizomatics Fumitoshi Oizaki’s Romeo x Juliet Shakespeare and comics Gérard Genette shakespeare and paratext Shakespeare in science fiction The Rape of Lucrece Shakespeare, female sexuality, and cinema Shakespeare and teen movies Shakespeare and memes Memetics of Hamlet Shakespeare and Gossip Girl Shakespearean influence on modern television Arrested Development Sons of Anarchy Hamlet and Pan's Labyrinth Sleep no more

Editors and affiliations

  • Christy Desmet
    • 1
  • Natalie Loper
    • 2
  • Jim Casey
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of EnglishUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA
  2. 2.Department of EnglishUniversity of AlabamaTuscaloosaUSA
  3. 3.Department of EnglishArcadia UniversityGlensideUSA

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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