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    “In fair [Europe], where we lay our scene” Romeo and Juliet, Europe and digital cultures

    O'Neill, Stephen (2017) “In fair [Europe], where we lay our scene” Romeo and Juliet, Europe and digital cultures. In: Romeo and Juliet in European Culture. John Benjamins Publishing Company, pp. 283-300. ISBN 9789027264787

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    This chapter explores several iterations of Romeo and Juliet in (European) digital cultures. Europe is placed in brackets here to capture how, in a digital context, boundaries may and may not apply, but also to complicate critical debate surrounding European Shakespeares. To what extent might we encounter a distinctly European Romeo and Juliet in digital cultures? Our field must think critically about the kind of European narratives, mythographies and values that are mobilised through Shakespeares in Europe. Travel and surfing are deployed as metaphors in order to track Europe’s Romeo and Juliets, with the resulting findings in the digital Wunderkabinett regarded as a function of both human selection and algorithmically determined search. While the focus is primarily on YouTube, what emerges is a deep sense of Romeo and Juliet’s convergence with popular culture, news stories and contemporary discourse about integration within Europe. In digital cultures, the chapter suggests, Romeo and Juliet is a metalanguage for conflict, boundaries and difference.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Keywords: algorithms; digital cultures; Europe; flags; integration; migration; news; popular culture; race; Romeo and Juliet; Shakespeare; tags; Verona; YouTube
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of English, Media & Theatre Studies > English
    Item ID: 9139
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    Depositing User: Stephen O'Neill
    Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2018 17:14
    Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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