Shakespeare Inside: The Bard Behind Bars - Shakespeare Now! (Hardback)
  • Shakespeare Inside: The Bard Behind Bars - Shakespeare Now! (Hardback)

Shakespeare Inside: The Bard Behind Bars - Shakespeare Now! (Hardback)

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Hardback 144 Pages / Published: 29/03/2007
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The contents include a chapter on Conversion and the following. In Act Two, we have, "Words Before Blows" by Sammie Byron, Brutus; "Most Noble Brother, You Have Done Me Wrong" by DeMond Bush, Mark Antony; and, "Have You Not Love Enough to Bear with Me?" by Ron Brown, Cassius. In Intermission, we have Othello: Unplugged at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex. In Act Three, we have The Luckett Symposium on Shakespeare and Race: Titus Andronicus, Merchant of Venice, and Othello; "George Bush Doesn't Care about Black People": Agnes Wilcox's Julius Caesar at Northeast Correctional Center. In Act Four, we have "Romans, Countrymen, Lovers!" The Shakespeare Behind Bars Tour at the Kentucky Correctional Institute for Women; "Unsex Me Here": Playing the Lady at Luckett; and, Rapshrew: Jean Trounstine and the Framingham Women's Prison. In Act Five, we have: A Visit with Warden Larry Chandler; Desdemona Speaks: Mike Smith on the Outside; and, Shakespeare in Solitary: "To Revenge or to Forgive?": Laura Bates' Hamlet and Othello at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility. The contents also include an epilogue.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780826486981
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 277 g
Dimensions: 140 x 216 x 19 mm

[Scott-Douglass] craft(s) a deeply personal, and engrossing account of the ways in which 'secured Shakespeare programs' confront many of the same issues that trouble Shakespeare scholars...
What makes these interviews lively to read, rather than a flat series of transcriptions is Amy's felt presence on the page. I take the liberty of citing her by first name precisely because she conveys a persona throughout the study that invites familiarity...
She manages to connect us even with those whose faces she cannot see in the most chilling isolated maximum-security cellblocks...
Shakespeare Inside offers a compelling story that resists saccharine platitudes without curtailing empathy.'
Scott L. Newstok, Rhodes College, USA,
Review in The Upstart Crow, Summer 2007.
'[this book] is anecdotal rather than analytical, but the scenes she [Amy Scott-Douglass] describes are richly provocative...Prison, we discover, is one of the last bastions of unapologetic bardolatry.'
Oliver Harris, TLS, December 2007.
"Where is Shakespeare now? This question is the brief for a new series of short books from Continuum, an enterprising publisher trying to break down the border between academic literary criticism and books for the thoughtful general reader.
Amy Scott-Douglass's book Shakespeare Inside based on observations and interviews, reveals how Shakespeare really can change lives." Jonathan Bate, The Sunday Telegraph--Sanford Lakoff "Sunday Telegraph "
"The ambitious project of the "Shakespeare NOW "series is to bridge the gap between 'scholarly thinking and a public audience' and 'public audience and scholarly thinking'. Scholars are encouraged to write in a way accessible to a general readership and readers to rise to the challenge and not be afraid of new ideas and the adventure they offer. There are other bridges the series is ambitious to cross: 'formal, political or theoretical boundaries' - history and philosophy, theory, and performance."
"English Vol. 58, 2009"

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