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"Punch" and Shakespeare in the Victorian Era
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0612  Monday, 17 September 2007

From: 		Bieri Christian <
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Date: 		Monday, 17 Sep 2007 12:03:09 +0200
Subject: 	"Punch" and Shakespeare in the Victorian Era

PETER LANG - International Academic Publishers are pleased to announce a 
new book by Alan R. Young
"PUNCH" AND SHAKESPEARE IN THE VICTORIAN ERA
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 
2007. 345 pp., 55 fig. ISBN 978-3-03911-078-0 pb.

sFr. 105.00 / EUR* 72.40 / EUR** 74.50 / EUR 67.70 / ? 44.00 / US-$ 87.95
* includes VAT - only valid for Germany
** includes VAT - only valid for Austria

The English humour magazine "Punch, or the London Charivari", which 
first appeared in 1841, quickly became something of a national 
institution with a large and multi-layered readership. Though comic in 
tone, "Punch" was deeply serious about upholding high literary and 
artistic standards, about dealing with serious subject-matter, and about 
attempting to nurture its readers' appreciation of the national drama 
and of Shakespeare's plays in particular. The author's detailed 
examination of "Punch's" constant advocacy of Shakespeare reveals 
telling new evidence concerning the ubiquitous presence of Shakespeare 
within Victorian culture. New research in the "Punch" archives and 
elsewhere also reveals the identities of many of the "Punch" authors and 
artists. The author shows how those who worked for "Punch" often 
subsumed their collective identities within the single persona of Mr. 
Punch, a fictional creation who repeatedly presents himself in both 
texts and graphics as a close friend and admirer of Shakespeare, a man 
able to remind Victorian readers constantly of the supreme literary and 
moral values represented by Shakespeare's works.

Contents:
"Punch" and its readers, writers and artists - Readership of "Punch" - 
Identities of writers and artists who worked for "Punch" - "Punch", 
Shakespeare, and the Theatre - Particular attempts by "Punch" artists 
and writers to promote appreciation of Shakespeare - "Punch" and 
Shakespeare Transposed - Reactions of "Punch" to transposition of 
Shakespeare into other media - Burlesques of Shakespeare in "Punch".

The Author:
Alan R. Young has written extensively on Shakespeare, emblem literature, 
the English Renaissance, and the literature of Atlantic Canada. He 
studied at the Universities of Bristol, East Anglia, East Africa, and 
Alberta, and he has taught at Simon Fraser University and Acadia 
University. He is now Emeritus Professor of English at Acadia University.

You can order this book online. Please click on the link below:

Direct order: http://www.peterlang.com/index.cfm?vLang=E&vID=11078

Or you may send your order to:
PETER LANG AG
International Academic Publishers
Moosstrasse 1
P.O. Box 350
CH-2542 Pieterlen
Switzerland
Tel +41 (0)32 376 17 17
Fax +41 (0)32 376 17 27
e-mail: mailto:
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Internet: http://www.peterlang.com

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