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date: 01 April 2020

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The editors’ introduction to the Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Dance offers an overview of the volume and brief descriptions of its chapters—comprising contributions from dance historians and scholars, literary critics, and movement practitioners. In addressing Part I of the collection—Shakespeare and Dance—it considers the context in which William Shakespeare was writing and performing, and the importance of dance to early modern culture. It also discusses—in reference to Part II, Shakespeare as Dance—the politics of adaptation and the attempts made by dance versions of Shakespeare’s work to challenge the supremacy of the literary source.

Keywords: Shakespeare, dance, adaptation, dance adaptation, dance history, early modern, choreography

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