Shakespeare and the World

Ton Hoenselaars

in The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199566105
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Shakespeare and the World

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Studying the multiple afterlives of Shakespeare beyond the English Channel, this article first devotes attention to the theatrical history of the playwright abroad, and then follows his poetry and plays in translation, across the language barriers that continue to fracture the world. Next, it examines the phenomenon whereby new artists appropriate the dramatic work or the poems to write back to Shakespeare after years of political and cultural suppression in colonial situations serving mainly British interests. In the course of the centuries, Shakespeare has also entered into new media, undergoing a veritable metamorphosis, also to convey his message in opera, ballet, and dance, on the radio as on the cinematic and television screens, which unlock the global space. Certain values continue to be associated with Shakespeare and continue to shape communities of readers, writers, players, and audiences, as well as critics.

Keywords: theatrical history; William Shakespeare; globalization; English Channel; Shakespeare's plays

Article.  8306 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Shakespeare Studies and Criticism

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