Memorialising Shakespeare: Commemoration and Collective Identity, 1916-2016

King, Edmund G.C. and Smialkowska, Monika eds. (2021). Memorialising Shakespeare: Commemoration and Collective Identity, 1916-2016. Palgrave Shakespeare Studies (PASHST). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-84013-6

Abstract

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.

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