Contemporary Legend: A Reader

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Gillian Bennett, Paul Smith
Taylor & Francis, 1996 - Literary Criticism - 382 pages
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Twenty-nine collected essays represent a critical history of Shakespeare's play as text and as theater, beginning with Samuel Johnson in 1765, and ending with a review of the Royal Shakespeare Company production in 1991. The criticism centers on three aspects of the play: the love/friendship debate.

  

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Contents

SERIES EDITORS PREFACE
xi
OVERVIEWS
xxxix
Performance and Truth
17
An Examination of Reactions to
41
Some Thoughts on Baughman Z500599
55
Psychic Ambiguity at the Legend Core
69
Legends as Narrative Response
91
APPROACHES
113
An Example of a New Legend
187
The Vaginal Serpent and Other Themes from Mexican
225
A Mass Poisoning Rumor in Europe
245
Why Are There So Many Modern Legends About Revenge?
261
The Ideology of American Consumerism
289
Folk Narratives
311
Legend Truth and News
325
Where Are the Folklorists?
341

Technology Tradition and
133
Alligators in the Sewers
153
Adolescents Ostensive
167
Complicating
363
APPENDIX TO ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
381
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