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Shakespeare and Tyranny

Regimes of Reading in Europe and Beyond

Editor(s): Keith Gregor
Contributors: Hywel Dix, Mariangela Tempera, Graham Keith Gregor, Michele De Benedictis, Francisko Fuentes, Noemi Vera,

Book Description

This book brings together a selection of essays on the reception and dissemination of Shakespeare’s plays in England and beyond from the 17th century to the present. Written from the perspective of a nation or cluster of nations in which Shakespeare has been used either to reflect, legitimize or challenge different versions of authoritarian rule, each of the chapters offers a picture of Shakespeare as unwitting commentator on some of the most significant and unsettling political events in Europe and elsewhere.

Illustrating and analyzing changing attitudes to Shakespeare and his work in various tyrannical and post-tyrannical contexts in both Western and Eastern Europe, North Africa and South America, the volume provides insights into issues like the role of censorship and self-censorship in the revision and production of Shakespearean material; institutional controls on the dissemination and publication of Shakespeare’s work; assumptions and techniques in the staging of his plays; state intervention in the elaboration of a Shakespeare “canon”; the role of Shakespeare in the construction of identity under tyranny; and the pertinence or otherwise of the subversion/containment paradigm following events such as the collapse of communism and the so-called “Arab Spring”.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-6060-4
ISBN-10: 1-4438-6060-3
Date of Publication: 01/08/2014
Pages / Size: 290 / A5
Price: £47.99


Keith Gregor teaches English and Comparative Literature at the University of Murcia in Spain. He has published widely on Shakespearean performance and translation and currently heads a government-funded project looking at Shakespeare’s presence in Spain in the context of his reception in Europe.