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Novel Shakespeares
Twentieth-Century Women Novelists and Appropriation
Julie Sanders  

$36.95 Paperback
Release Date: 3/1/2002
ISBN: 9780719058165    

240 Pages

Canadian rights only
Distributed for Manchester University Press


About the Book

Much recent contemporary fiction by women has appropriated and adapted themes and plot structures found in Shakespearean drama; Novel Shakespeares is an innovative study of a number of these fascinating texts.

International in scope, this study considers novels by authors as far afield as the UK, USA, Canada, South Africa and Australia and set in locations covering the globe. In the process, environmental theory, the Hollywood and Bollywood film industries, detective fiction, children’s literature, and the politics of postcolonialism, amongst other topics, are examined. Angela Carter’s Wise Children, Marina Warner’s Indigo and Jane Smiley’s A Thousand Acres are discussed alongside less familiar works including Susan Cooper’s King of Shadows, Leslie Forbes’s Bombay Ice and Kate Atkinson’s Human Croquet.

Novel Shakespeares makes a particular virtue of close readings, examining in detail the narrative strategies and techniques of individual women authors, as well as identifying patterns and connections between their texts and approaches. Offering stimulating critical analyses for students of Shakespeare, contemporary fiction and gender studies, this work provides a pertinent introduction to the emergent genre of appropriation. As many of the featured novels and authors are regularly discussed by reading groups and book clubs, Novel Shakespeares has wide appeal both for academic audiences and the general reading public.

About the Author(s)

Julie Sanders is Reader in English at Keele University.

Table of Contents

Introduction: 'Mere sparks and clandestine glories': Women writers, Shakespeare and appropriation

1. 'Not quite Shakespeare': Barbara Trapido's Juggling, intertextuality and keeping off the grass
2. 'We dearly love the bard, sir': Angela Carter's Shakespeare
3. Kate Atkinson in the House of Arden
4. 'We might as well be time travelling': Shakespeare, narrative and the Möbius strip
5. Iris Murdoch and the theatrical scene
6. 'Finding a different sentence': Marina Warner's Indigo; or Mapping the Waters as palimpset of The Tempest
7. Reclaimed from the sea: Leslie Forbes's Bombay Ice
8. Including Shakespeare: the novels of Gloria Naylor
9. 'Rainy days mean difficult choices': Jane Smiley's appropriation of King Lear in A Thousand Acres
10. 'Out of Shakespeare': Other Lears

Conclusion: Expanding the canon and casting ripples on the waterv


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Related Topics

Literature > Literary Criticism
Gender Studies
Women's Studies

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