Searching for Juliet (Hardback)Sophie Duncan (author)
A fascinating, revelatory account of the legacy of Shakespeare's most famous heroine, ranging from the Renaissance to Fascist Italy to Baz Luhrmann and beyond.
Juliet Capulet is the heartbeat of the world's most famous love story. She is an enduring romantic icon. And she is a captivating, brilliant, passionate teenage girl who is read and interpreted afresh by each new generation.
Searching for Juliet takes us from the Renaissance origin stories behind William Shakespeare's child bride to the boy actor who inspired her creation onstage.
From enslaved people in the Caribbean to Italian fascists in Verona, and real-life lovers in Afghanistan. From the Victorian stage to 1960s cinema, Baz Luhrmann, and beyond.
Sophie Duncan draws on rich cultural and historical sources and new research to explore the legacy and reach of Romeo and Juliet far beyond the literary sphere. With warmth, wit, and insight, she shows us why Juliet is for now, for ever, for everyone.
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 540 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 32 mm
'I love the combination of authority, research, anger, and dry wit. Sophie Duncan shows us that Juliet has created templates for young women that are both enabling and stifling - and traces that paradox unflinchingly across slave plantations, teenage mental health, and the erotics of the beautiful dead girl. Searching for Juliet offers the play and its reception a fresh kind of attention: a sort of tough love which avoids sentimentality without becoming cynical. Really eye-opening.' - Emma Smith, author of This Is Shakespeare
You may also be interested in...
Would you like to proceed to the App store to download the Waterstones App?