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Shakespeare Between the World Wars: The Anglo-American Sphere

Shakespeare Between the World Wars: The Anglo-American Sphere

by Robert Sawyer

Hardcover(1st ed. 2019)

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781137590633
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 03/27/2019
Edition description: 1st ed. 2019
Pages: 314
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

Robert Sawyer is Professor of Literature and Language at East Tennessee State University, USA, where he teaches Shakespeare, Victorian Literature, and Literary Criticism. Author of Marlowe and Shakespeare: The Critical Rivalry (Palgrave 2017) and Victorian Appropriations of Shakespeare (2003), he is also co-editor of Shakespeare and Appropriation (1999) and Harold Bloom’s Shakespeare (Palgrave 2001).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: "Introduction."-. Chapter 2: Criticism in the UK: "The Bard of Britannia.".- Chapter 3: Criticism in the US: "The Institutionalization of Shakespeare in the United States.".- Chapter 4: Shakespeare Productions in the US: "The Voices and Sounds of America's Shakespeare.".- Chapter 5: Shakespeare Productions in the UK: "A Sense of Return: 'Tis here, 'tis here, 'tis gone.".- Chapter 6: Conclusion: "Transnational Shakespeare: Then and Now.".

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“Robert Sawyer’s engaging and provocative book draws important attention to how Shakespeare is used in response to global crisis. The dialogic relationship between Shakespeare and world politics characterizes both our past and our present, and this book draws important parallels between the rise of fascism in the interwar years and the rise of nationalist politics in the twenty-first century. As such, this book is an important reminder of how the Janus-faced nature of Shakespeare empowers us to use the past in service of the present.” (Louise Geddes, Associate Professor of English, Adelphi University, UK)

“In the Introduction to his Shakespeare between the Wars, Robert Sawyer quotes Walter Benjamin’s reflection on the value of what is past for what is present and vice-versa. The issue, Benjamin argues, is not that each casts a light on the other, but that they produce ‘an image wherein what has been comes together in a flash with the now to form a constellation.’ ‘Constellation’ is indeed a keyword to describe the ways in which Sawyer’s book, hovering – as he says – between past, present and future discusses Shakespeare’s impact and uses (political, cultural, educational) during the interwar period (and much beyond). Sawyer’s deep and discerning sense of ‘live’ history creates a fascinating prismatic image of what we were and are in Shakespeare studies, revisiting background and foreground in entirely new ways. Shakespeare between the Wars is also a highly readable and enjoyable book that should be on the shelves of every scholar, student and reader of English literature.” (Paola Pugliatti, author of Shakespeare and the Just War Tradition (2010))