Repositioning Shakespeare

Repositioning Shakespeare

National Formations, Postcolonial Appropriations

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Repositioning Shakespeare offers an original assessment of a broad range of texts and cultural events that appropriate Shakespeare. Examining these materials within the context of 'the nation' in a postcolonial era, Thomas Cartelli considers:
* essays by Walt Whitman
* the nineteenth-century play, 'Jack Cade'
* novels by Aphra Behn, Ngugi Wa Thiong'o, Michelle Cliff, Tayeb Salih, Nadine Gordimer and Robert Stone
* the 1849 Astor Place Riot
Cartelli places particular emphasis on redefining the 'postcolonial' in order to find a place for America. In doing so, Repositioning Shakespeare makes a considerable contribution to the continuing debate about the uses we make of Shakespeare.

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Offers a far-reaching assessment of how the Bard has been appropriated within postcolonial contexts, especially in the US, exploring how he is repositioned as postcolonial cultures seek to renegotiate Shakespeare's standing as a privileged site of authority within their own national formations. Provides innovative readings of texts and events including polemical essays by Walt Whitman, the 1849 Astor Place Riot, films by James Ivory and Gus Van Sant, and a Shakespeare tercentenary masque performed in 1916. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 1999
ISBN: 9780203025659
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xi, 233 pages)


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