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

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SHAKESPEARE INSIDE: THE BARD BEHIND BARS goes behind the scenes to reveal Shakespeare at work in the most decisive institutional context of our time -- in prisons. The book offers a record of fiercely personal experiences, based upon the author's experience of watching prison yard rehearsals and performances, and interviewing inmates, program directors, and wardens. We hear an ex-offender explain how playing Desdemona was vital to his rehabilitation; we sit in the audience of women inmates as they respond to the all-male Shakespeare Behind Bars touring production of JULIUS CAESAR; and we listen to a chorus of unnamed voices detail how rewriting Hamlet helps them to survive solitary confinement. SHAKESPEARE INSIDE probes our assumptions about Shakespeare and about prisoners, and provides new insight into the function of Shakespeare today..

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Amy Scott-Douglass is a professor in the English department at Marymount University. She is the author of SHAKESPEARE INSIDE: THE BARD BEHIND BARS (Continuum, 2007); the "Theater" section of SHAKESPEARES AFTER SHAKESPEARE: AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SHAKESPEARE IN MASS MEDIA AND POPULAR CULTURE (Gen ed. Richard Burt, Greenwood, 2006); and several essays on early modern women, and film and stage adaptations of Renaissance drama.

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"This is a wonderfully honest book. We really get to meet the inmates and see how Shakespeare has changed their lives. One cannot help being deeply moved by a prisoner who says, 'Shakespeare still lives even though he's dead. His spirit lives on. A lot of things that he wrote are happening in the world today.' The truth of this insight, and its special pertinence to those who are in prison, is borne out again and again in this totally absorbing and engagingly written book." (David Bevington, Departments of English and Comparative Literature, University of Chicago, editor of Complete Works of Shakespeare)
"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, London Telegraph, 2007)
"[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, The Upstart Crow, Summer 2007)
"[This book] is anecdotal rather than analytical, but the scenes [Amy Scott-Douglass] describes are richly provocative...Prison, we discover, is one of the last bastions of unapologetic bardolatry." (Oliver Harris, Times Literary Supplement, December 2007)
"Scott-Douglass's book is especially powerful because she captures these prisoners' lives in all of their complexity...Shakespeare provides beauty; catharsis; empathy for their victims; therapy." (Peter G. Platt, Studies in English Literature)
"One of the most winning aspects of the book is [the author's] skillful presentation of testimony, largely drawn from interviews with the actor-prisoners. Scott-Douglass places herself squarely in the picture, acknowledging her own strong reactions to what she discovers in prison and reminding readers that her embodied presence provoked comments, just as her questions elicited confidences from the prisoners. In a compelling passage near the conclusion, Scott-Douglass describes in novelistic detail attending a parole hearing for one of the actors whose bid for freedom is denied... Shakespeare Inside offers firsthand reporting on contemporary Shakespeare that speaks to an enormous range of social and cultural issues and takes full advantage of the small format's immediacy. It is a thought-provoking account of the uses to which Shakespeare is being put outside the confines of the academy and the privileged performance venues that steadily attract a strange mixture of enthusiasts and the variously coerced... Shakespeare Inside is compelling journalism" (Jesse M. Lander, Shakespeare Quarterly, 2010)
"The author faced her fears, a decision, she says, that resulted in one of 'the most important and enlightening experiences of [her] adult life.' Based on observations and interviews, Shakespeare Inside: The Bard Behind Bars offers a voyeuristic peek inside the prison theatre program at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in La Grange, Kentucky...like an 'adventure story.'" - Text and Presentation (Sara L. Warner Tidings )
"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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Book Description The Continuum Publishing Company, New York, 2007. Softcover. Book Condition: New. First Edition.. 144 pages. Softcover. New book. LITERARY STUDIES. Shakespeare Inside goes behind the scenes to reveal Shakespeare at work in the most decisive institutional context of our time - in prisons. Based upon the author's experience of watching prison yard rehearsals and performances, and interviewing inmates, program directors, and wardens, Shakespeare Inside is not an objective, dispassionate account of how Shakespeare is bastardized by repressive institutions but offers a record of fiercely personal experiences. We hear ex-offender Mike Smith detail how playing Desdemona was vital to his rehabilitation; we sit in the audience of women inmates as they respond to the all-male Shakespeare Behind Bars touring production of Julius Caesar; and we listen to a chorus of unnamed voices explain how rewriting Hamlet helps them to survive solitary confinement. Shakespeare Inside probes any assumptions we might have about Shakespeare's performative function and asks what - if anything - is the proper place of Shakespeare in today's society. The Table Of Contents is as follows: Acknowledgements, Act One - Shakespeare Behind Bars: Julius Caesar at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex, Spiritual Shakespeare: Criminality and the Discourse of Conversion, Act Two - "Words Before Blows": Sammie Byron, Brutus, "Most Noble Brother, You Have Done Me Wrong": DeMond Bush, Mark Antony "Have You Not Love Enough to Bear with Me?": Ron Brown, Cassius, Intermission: Othello: Unplugged at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex, Act Three - 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, Act Four - "Romans, Countrymen, Lovers!": The Shakespeare Behind Bars Tour at the Kentucky Correctional Institute for Women "Unsex Me Here": Playing the Lady at Luckett Rapshrew: Jean Trounstine and the Framingham Women's Prison, Act Five - A Visit with Warden Larry Chandler, Desdemona Speaks: Mike Smith on the Outside Shakespeare in Solitary: "To Revenge or to Forgive?": Laura Bates' Hamlet and Othello at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility, Epilogue. Amy Scott-Douglas is Assistant Professor at Denison University, USA. She has held fellowships at Cornell University and the University of California, Los Angeles, USA, and as editor in charge of recent stage adaptations of Shakespeare's plays, she wrote more than two hundred entries in Shakespeare's After Shakespeare: An Encyclopedia of the Bard in Mass Media and Popular Culture (Greenwood, 2006). "This is a wonderfully honest book. We really get to meet the inmates and see how Shakespeare has changed their lives. One cannot help being deeply moved by a prisoner who says, 'Shakespeare still lives even though he's dead. His spirit lives on. A lot of things that he wrote are happening in the world today.' The truth of this insight, and its special pertinence to those who are in prison, is borne out again and again in this totally absorbing and engagingly written book." - David Bevington, Departments of English and Comparative Literature, University of Chicago, editor of The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Key Words: Amy Scott Douglas, William Shakespeare, Leterary Studies, Prisoners, Desdemona, Luther Luckett Correctional Complex, Kentucky Correctional Institute for Women, Northeast Correctional Center, Framingham Women's Prison, Warden Larry Chan, Wabash Valley Correctional Facility, Othello). book. Bookseller Inventory # 45802X1

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