Shakespeare and Popular Music

Adam Hansen

in The Edinburgh Companion to Shakespeare and the Arts

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780748635238
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652297 | DOI:
Shakespeare and Popular Music

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This chapter considers the partnership shared between Shakespeare and popular music, maintaining that the dialogic relationship between the two lies at the heart of Shakespeare's imbrication in musical styles like hip-hop, jazz, country and rap. It is also stated that every justification for the intermingling of the dramatist and these various forms referencing Shakespeare's own absorption in balladry as part of a discussion of how reverence and resistance combine with each other in the translation of the plays into alternative aural mediums. Moreover, it illustrates that some genres use Shakespeare in significant ways because of the cultural politics and identities they represent. Shakespeare's relations to popular music of his own time are then explained. Race has an important role in popular music. Popular music — and its consumers — creatively adapt, rewrite and recreate Shakespeare, sometimes in conflict, sometimes in admiration, sometimes in love.

Keywords: Shakespeare; popular music; cultural politics; country; cultural identity; conflict; admiration; love

Chapter.  9971 words. 

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism

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