Extramural Shakespeare


Extramural Shakespeare makes a bold contribution to the recent debates about Shakespeare's place in American culture in the new millennium. Informed by cultural studies discussions about elite and mass culture and drawing upon the unique, transdisciplinary methods associated with that field, this study argues that Shakespeare should be considered instead as public culture. Denise Albanese argues that due to the emergence of mass education in the twentieth century, Shakespeare has become public property, even though official discourse and film treat his texts as if they belong to elites.  Extramural Shakespeare demonstrates that reading Shakespeare dialectically attends to the hopes for a better world his texts might still represent. 

  • Palgrave Macmillan; September 2010
  • ISBN 9780230112940
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  • Title: Extramural Shakespeare
  • Author: Denise Albanese
  • Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan

In The Press

"Extramural Shakespeare makes a powerful case that Shakespeare no longer belongs only to cultural elites, but also to the public and to public culture. Probing Shakespeare's uses in primary and secondary schools, in the movies, in prisons, and elsewhere, Albanese reclaims the progressive possibilities of engagement with his works. Smart, politically engaged, and thoroughly up-to-date, Extramural Shakespeare is a fascinating examination of Shakespeare's place in contemporary culture." - Jean E. Howard, George Delacorte Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University 

About The Author

DENISE ALBANESE is Associate Professor of English and Cultural Studies at George Mason University, USA.