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Kemble, Scott, and the Mantle of the Bard

Watson, Nicola (1991). Kemble, Scott, and the Mantle of the Bard. In: Marsden, Jean I. ed. The Appropriation of Shakespeare: Post-Renaissance Reconstructions of the Works and the Myth. New York, London etc.: Harvester Wheatsheaf, pp. 73–92.

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This essay describes a relatively unfamiliar 'Romantic' Shakespeare, historicised rather than timeless, novelistic rather than poetic, and national rather than universal, by juxtaposing Kemble's Shakespeare revivals of the 1820s, notable for their meticulously researched period costumes, and a novel by his friend Sir Walter Scott, Woodstock (1826), which similarly views Shakespeare with an historical eye. Both exercises, the essay argues, can be related to a national and counter-revolutionary nostalgia characteristic of the 1820s.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Copyright Holders: 1991 Harvester Wheatsheaf
ISBN: 0-7450-0927-1, 978-0-7450-0927-8
Keywords: Charles Kemble; Walter Scott, Woodstock
Academic Unit/Department: Arts > English
Item ID: 18706
Depositing User: Nicola Watson
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2009 09:50
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2012 09:31
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