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    Shakespeare and Social Media

    O'Neill, Stephen (2015) Shakespeare and Social Media. Literature Compass, 12 (6). pp. 274-285. ISSN 1741-4113

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    The field of Shakespeare studies is becoming increasingly interested in the circulation of Shakespeares across social media platforms such as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook. An emerging body of scholarship offers important insights into the implications of social media and digital technologies for Shakespearean pedagogy and research. This essay provides a review of the literature and suggests some future directions that theorizations of Shakespeare in/ as social media might take. This essay encourages Shakespeare studies to interpret social media Shakespeares as an object of critical analysis, as well as understanding it as a teaching tool and research resource, while recognizing that these categories overlap. More specifically, the essay argues that social media Shakespeares denote a complex network of specific platforms, technologies, cultural signifiers and the agentive human users that make meaning through these. As users share Shakespeare content and connect with it via social media, they are simultaneously shaping Shakespeare’s current formations and being shaped by distinct yet interlinked technologies.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Shakespeare; Social Media;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > School of English, Media & Theatre Studies
    Item ID: 6197
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    Depositing User: Stephen O'Neill
    Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2015 10:51
    Journal or Publication Title: Literature Compass
    Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
    Refereed: Yes

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