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    Introduction: Shakespeare and YouTube New Media Forms of the Bard


    O'Neill, Stephen (2014) Introduction: Shakespeare and YouTube New Media Forms of the Bard. In: Shakespeare and YouTube New Media Forms of the Bard. Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 9781472500281

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    Abstract

    The video-sharing platform YouTube signals exciting opportunities and challenges for Shakespeare studies. As patron, distributor and archive, YouTube occasions new forms of user-generated Shakespeares, yet a reduced Bard too, subject to the distractions of the contemporary networked mediascape. This book identifies the genres of YouTube Shakespeare, interpreting them through theories of remediation and media convergence and as indices of Shakespeare's shifting cultural meanings. Exploring the intersection of YouTube's participatory culture – its invitation to 'Broadcast Yourself' – with its corporate logic, the book argues that YouTube Shakespeare is a site of productive tension between new forms of self-expression and the homogenizing effects of mass culture. Stephen O'Neill unfolds the range of YouTube's Bardic productions to elaborate on their potential as teaching and learning resources. The book importantly argues for a critical media literacy, one that attends to identity constructions and to the politics of race and gender as they emerge through Shakespeare's new media forms. Shakespeare and YouTube will be of interest to students and scholars of Shakespearean drama, poetry and adaptations, as well as to new media studies.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Keywords: Shakespeare; YouTube; New Media Forms; Bard;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > School of English, Media & Theatre Studies
    Item ID: 6179
    Depositing User: Stephen O'Neill
    Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2015 13:33
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
    Refereed: Yes
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