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Shakespeare and the Arab World

Edited by Katherine Hennessey and Margaret Litvin

270 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-258-8 $150.00/£107.00 Hb Not Yet Published (May 2019)

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Offering a variety of perspectives on the history and role of Arab Shakespeare translation, production, adaptation and criticism, this volume explores both international and locally focused Arab/ic appropriations of Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets. In addition to Egyptian and Palestinian theatre, the contributors to this collection examine everything from an Omani performance in Qatar and an Upper Egyptian television series to the origin of the sonnets to an English-language novel about the Lebanese civil war. Addressing materials produced in several languages from literary Arabic (fuṣḥā) and Egyptian colloquial Arabic (‘ammiyya) to Swedish and French, these scholars and translators vary in discipline and origin, and together exhibit the diversity and vibrancy of this field.

Katherine Hennessey is currently a Moore Institute Visiting Fellow at the National University of Ireland, Galway. From 2009 to 2014 she lived in Sana’a, researching the history of Yemeni theatre, after which she held a Global Shakespeare research fellowship at the University of Warwick and Queen Mary University of London. She is the author of Shakespeare on the Arabian Peninsula (New York: Palgrave, 2017). Starting January 2017, she will be an Assistant Professor of English at the American University of Kuwait.

Margaret Litvin is Associate Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature and founding director of Middle East & North Africa Studies at Boston University. She is the author of Hamlet’s Arab Journey: Shakespeare’s Prince and Nasser’s Ghost (Princeton, 2011) and articles and reviews in Performing Arts Journal, Journal of Arabic Literature, Publications of the Modern Language Association of America, Theatre Research International, Arab Stages and several Shakespeare journals. Her current research explores the literary legacies of Arab-Russian and Arab-Soviet cultural ties.

Subject: General Cultural Studies
Area: Middle East & Israel


Katherine Hennessey and Margaret Litvin

Chapter 1. The Taming of the Tigress: Fatima Rushdi and the First Performance of Shrew in Arabic
David C. Moberly

Chapter 2. Beyone Colonial Tropes: Two Productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Palestine
Samer Al-Saber

Chapter 3. Othello in Oman: Ahmad al-Izki’s Fusion of Shakespeare and Classical Arab Epic
Katherine Hennessey

Chapter 4. ‘Abd al-Rahim Kamal’s Dahsha: An Upper Egyptian Lear
Noha Mohamad Mohamad Ibraheem

Chapter 5. Bringing Lebanon’s Civil War Home to Anglophone Literature: Alemeddine’s Appropriation of Shakespeare’s Tragedies
Yousef Awad

Chapter 6. Egypt between Two Shakespeare Quadricentennials 1964–2016: Reflective Remarks in Three Snapshots
Hazem Azmy

Chapter 7. On Translating Shakespeare’s Sonnets into Arabic
Mohamed Enani

Chapter 8. The Quest for the Sonnet: The Origins of the Sonnet in Arabic Poetry
Kamal Abu-Deeb

Chapter 9. Ophelia Is Not Dead at 47: An Interview with Nabyl Lahlou
Khalid Amine

Chapter 10. An Arabian Night with Swedish Direction: Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Egypt and Sweden, 2003
Robert Lyons

Chapter 11. Vanishing Intertexts in the Arab Hamlet Tradition
Margaret Litvin

Chapter 12. Decommercialising Shakespeare: Mutran’s Translation of Othello
Sameh F. Hanna

Chapter 13. The Tunisian Stage: Shakespeare’s Part in Question
Rafik Darragi

Chapter 14. ‘Rudely Interrupted’: Shakespeare and Terrorism
Graham Holderness and Bryan Loughrey

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