Shakespeare's Surrogates Rewriting Renaissance Drama, by Loftis, Sonya Freeman
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- ISBN: 9781137352538 | 1137352531
- Cover: Hardcover
- Copyright: 12/18/2013
Shakespeare's Surrogates contends that the adaptation of Renaissance drama played a key role in the development of modern drama's major aesthetic movements. This book reveals the way that modern drama built itself in response to its Elizabethan past, ransacking the literary work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries for 'new' innovations in dramatic technique and content. Indeed, playwrights central to the evolution of modern and postmodern drama often returned at key moments in their writing careers to the remains of the Renaissance. Sonya Freeman Loftis argues that for playwrights such as Bernard Shaw, Bertolt Brecht, Eugene O'Neill, Samuel Beckett, Tom Stoppard, and Heiner Müller, Shakespearean appropriation was central both to the creation of their public personas and to the development of their own dramatic canons.