Appropriating Shakespeare: A Cultural History of Pyramus and by Louise Geddes

By Louise Geddes

Appropriating Shakespeare: A Cultural historical past of Pyramus and Thisbe argues that the colourful, transformative historical past 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. as a result of its cautious contrast among “good” and “bad” artwork, Pyramus and Thisbe’s playful meditation at the foolishness of over-reaching theatrical ambition is many times appropriated by way of artists looking to parody modern aesthetics, leading to an ongoing review of Shakespeare’s price to the time. starting with the play’s personal production as an appropriation of Ovid, designed to maintain the rowdy clown in money, Appropriating Shakespeare is a wide-ranging examine that charts Pyramus and Thisbe’s personal metamorphosis via opera, novel, tv, and, in fact, theatre. This designated background 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 price in their personal person craft. eventually, what this heritage finds is that, in excerpt, Pyramus and Thisbe affirms where of artist as either client and manufacturer of Shakespeare.

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