Memorialising Shakespeare: Commemoration and Collective Identity, 1916–2016

Edmund King (Editor), Monika Smialkowska (Editor)

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This book is the first comprehensive account of global Shakespeare commemoration in the period between 1916 and 2016. Combining historical analysis with insights into current practice, Memorialising Shakespeare covers Shakespeare commemoration in China, Ukraine, Egypt, and France, as well as Great Britain and the United States. Chapter authors discuss a broad range of commemorative activities—from pageants, dance, dramatic performances, and sculpture, to conferences, exhibitions, and more private acts of engagement, such as reading and diary writing. Themes covered include Shakespeare’s role in the formation of cultural memory and national and global identities, as well as Shakespeare’s relationship to decolonisation and race. A significant feature of the book is the inclusion of chapters from organisers of recent Shakespeare commemoration events, reflecting on their own practice. Together, the chapters in Memorialising Shakespeare show what has been at stake when communities, identity groups, and institutions have come together to commemorate Shakespeare.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (Electronic)9783030840136
ISBN (Print)9783030840129
Publication statusPublished - 4 Nov 2021

Publication series

NamePalgrave Shakespeare Studies
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISSN (Print)2731-3204


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