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Adaptation in Theatre and Performance

Elizabethan and Jacobean Reappropriation in Contemporary British Drama

'Upstart Crows'

Authors: Saunders, Graham

  • Argues that contemporary playwrights' responses to Elizabethan and Jacobean drama should be considered appropriation rather than adaptation
  • Explores a range of derivative works, from Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem
  • Interrogates the nature of borrowing and appropriation in dramatic work
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About this book

This book examines British playwrights' responses to the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries since 1945, from Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead to Sarah Kane’s Blasted and Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem. Using the work of Julie Sanders and others working in the fields of Adaptation Studies and intertextual criticism, it argues that this relatively neglected area of drama, widely considered to be adaptation, should instead be considered as appropriation - as work that often mounts challenges to the ideologies and orthodoxies within Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, and questions the legitimacy and cultural authority of Shakespeare’s legacy. The book discusses the work of Howard Barker,  Peter Barnes, Edward Bond, Howard Brenton, David Edgar, Elaine Feinstein and the Women’s Theatre Group, David Greig, Sarah Kane, Dennis Kelly, Bernard Kopps, Charles Marowitz, Julia Pascal and Arnold Wesker.

About the authors

Graham Saunders is Allardyce Nicol Professor of Drama Arts at the University of Birmingham, UK. He is author of Love me or Kill me: Sarah Kane and the Theatre of Extremes (2002), About Kane: the Playwright and the Work (2009), Patrick Marber’s Closer (2008) and British Theatre Companies 1980-1994 (2015). He is co-editor of Cool Britannia: Political Theatre in the 1990s (Palgrave, 2008) and Sarah Kane in Context (2010).

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: Appropriating the Past

    Saunders, Graham

    Pages 1-24

  • Why Rewrite Shakespeare and His Contemporaries?

    Saunders, Graham

    Pages 25-55

  • A Host of Lears: Howard Barker’s Seven Lears, Elaine Feinstein’s Lear’s Daughters, and Sarah Kane’s Blasted

    Saunders, Graham

    Pages 57-83

  • ‘Love in the Museum’: Howard Barker, the Erotic and the Elizabethan/Jacobean Text

    Saunders, Graham

    Pages 85-103

  • ‘If Power Change Purpose’: Appropriation and the Shakespearian Despot

    Saunders, Graham

    Pages 105-126

Buy this book

eBook £56.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-44453-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £72.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-44452-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Elizabethan and Jacobean Reappropriation in Contemporary British Drama
Book Subtitle
'Upstart Crows'
Authors
Series Title
Adaptation in Theatre and Performance
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-44453-0
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-44453-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-44452-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 194
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