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Pleasing Everyone: Mass Entertainment in Renaissance London and Golden-Age Hollywood

Jeffrey Knapp


Shakespeare’s plays were immensely popular in their own day—so why do we refuse to think of them as mass entertainment? In Pleasing Everyone, Jeffrey Knapp opens our eyes to the uncanny resemblance between Renaissance drama and the incontrovertibly mass medium of Golden Age Hollywood cinema. Through fascinating explorations of such famous plays as Hamlet, The Roaring Girl, and The Alchemist, and such celebrated films as Citizen Kane, The Jazz Singer, and City Lights, Knapp challenges some of our most basic assumptions about the relationship between art and mass audiences. Above all, Knapp enco ... More

Keywords: Mass audience, Renaissance drama, Golden Age Hollywood film, Art, Trash, Crowd, Individuality, Play, Work

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190634063
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190634063.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey Knapp, author
University of California, Berkeley

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