Cultural value in twenty-first-century England

The case of Shakespeare

By Kate McLuskie and Kate Rumbold

Cultural value in twenty-first-century England


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-1690-1
  • Pages: 272
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £17.99
  • Published Date: June 2017
  • BIC Category: Literature & literary studies / Shakespeare studies & criticism, The arts / Theatre studies, LITERARY CRITICISM / Shakespeare, PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism, Literary studies: plays & playwrights, Literature


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

Cultural value in twenty-first-century England

By Kate McLuskie, Kate Rumbold

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