- Format: Hardcover
- ISBN: 978-0-7190-8984-8
- Pages: 272
- Publisher: Manchester University Press
- Price: £85.00
- Published Date: February 2014
- BIC Category: PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism, LITERARY CRITICISM / Shakespeare, The arts / Theatre studies, Literature & literary studies / Shakespeare studies & criticism, Literature, Literary studies: plays & playwrights, Literary studies: c 1600 to c 1800, English
This book deals with Shakespeare's role in contemporary culture. It looks in detail at the way that Shakespeare's plays inform modern ideas of cultural value and the work required to make Shakespeare part of modern culture.
It is unique in using social policy, anthropology and economics, as well as close readings of the playwright, to show how a text from the past becomes part of contemporary culture and how Shakespeare's writing informs modern ideas of cultural value. It goes beyond the twentieth-century cultural studies debates that argued the case for and against Shakespeare's status, to show how he can exist both as a free artistic resource and as a branded product in the cultural marketplace.
It will appeal not only to scholars studying Shakespeare, but also to educators and any reader interested in contemporary cultural policy.
Introduction: culture, value, Shakespeare
1. Advocacy and analysis
2. The value of value
3. Value and Shakespeare
4. Culture and value
5. Making 'Shakespeare'culture
6. Government and the values of culture
7. Value in Shakespeare institutions
8. Branding Shakespeare
Afterword: the continuity of cultural value
Kate McLuskie is former director of the University of Birmingham Shakespeare Institute
Kate Rumbold is Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Birmingham