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Lawrence Levine ~Shakespeare a part of high culture; cultural capital. .. BUT Levine explains how Shakespeare was part of POPULAR entertainment. .. ~How was it transformed from low to high? ARBITRARY -not inherent in words Shakespeare wrote but a part of cultural transformation ~Why do people like high culture? -enlightens us, makes us better human beings, air of sophistication -not a strategy; doesn't try to be elitist but just something organic about high culture ~Shakespeare not respected even in production of play; words were parodied, mutilated, people messed with the text -a strategy to integrate Shakespeare into lives of people -In 19th century US, Shakespeare was not seen as "elite" entertainment, rather, Shakespeare
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Unformatted text preview: was INTEGRAL part of popular entertainment.-How was it "transformed" into something that we associate with high culture?-"Legitimate" versus "Illegitimate" theaters ~Liberties taken with Romeo and Juliet (1996)-popular references: gang culture, intertextual media anchor woman--broadcast media=narration-schizophrenic editing-delivery of the script, emphasizing certain words to modernize the text Levine, continued-Transformation of Shakespeare to elite art from was a key part in shaping the divisions of high and low culture-These divisions have to do with politics and morality-But not with any kind of universalized or self-evident boundaries...
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