Shakespeare in love: appropriation of Shakespeare in popular romance novels

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dc.contributor Ainsworth, David
dc.contributor Drouin, Jennifer
dc.contributor McElroy, Tricia A.
dc.contributor Roach, Catherine M.
dc.contributor.advisor O'Dair, Sharon
dc.contributor.author Whyte, Tamara Lynn
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T16:55:55Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T16:55:55Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0001465
dc.identifier.other Whyte_alatus_0004D_11782
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/1928
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Popular romance authors frequently allude to William Shakespeare's works within their novels. In my dissertation, I survey and analyze the various ways current authors of historical romance novels appropriate Shakespeare and how those appropriations reinterpret his works. I argue in part that the inclusion of Shakespearean allusions has become part of the codes of romance novels, with various types of allusions serving different purposes. Performances of Shakespeare's plays tend to serve as a backdrop for courtship or as a foil to the plot of the novel. When romance authors rewrite Shakespeare's plays to suit the romance novel audience, they often refocus on the heroine and give her more agency. Romance authors also rewrite Shakespeare's tragedies as romance in ways that draw on reader familiarity with the plays. These revisions tend to reduce the plays to key moments or themes and focus on female characters in Shakespeare's works. When romance novel heroes or heroines quote Shakespeare, his words serve as a signal to the reader of elements of their character, such as their intelligence or emotional availability. When authors allude to Shakespeare's works in titles, names, or opening quotations, they openly signal their appropriation of the Bard in ways that distinguish their novels from others. In these more minor appropriations, Shakespearean allusions can function as marketing tools.
dc.format.extent 236 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Literature
dc.title Shakespeare in love: appropriation of Shakespeare in popular romance novels
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of English
etdms.degree.discipline English
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.


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