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Shakespeare and Commemoration

Edited by Clara Calvo and Ton Hoenselaars

140 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-246-5 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (July 2019)

ISBN  978-1-78920-247-2 $24.95/£19.95 Pb Published (July 2019)

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Memory and commemoration play a vital role not only in the work of Shakespeare, but also in the process that has made him a world author. As the contributors of this collection demonstrate, the phenomenon of commemoration has no single approach, as it occurs on many levels, has a long history, and is highly unpredictable in its manifestations. With an international focus and a comparative scope that explores the afterlives also of other artists, this volume shows the diverse modes of commemorative practices involving Shakespeare. Delving into these “cultures of commemoration,” it presents keen insights into the dynamics of authorship, literary fame, and afterlives in its broader socio-historical contexts.

Clara Calvo is Professor of English at the University of Murcia (Spain). Her books include Power Relations and Fool-Master Discourse in Shakespeare (OPSL, 1991) and, with Jean Jacques Weber, The Literature Workbook (Routledge, 1998). With Jesús Tronch, she has edited The Spanish Tragedy for the Arden Early Modern Series (2013), and with Coppélia Kahn, Celebrating Shakespeare: Commemoration and Cultural Memory (Cambridge University Press, 2015). Between 2011 and 2018, she was the President of the Spanish and Portuguese English Renaissance Studies Association (SEDERI).

Ton Hoenselaars is Professor English Renaissance literature at Utrecht University (the Netherlands). Books include Shakespeare’s History Plays (Cambridge University Press, 2004) and Shakespeare and the Language of Translation (Arden, 2004). More recently, he published the Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare and Contemporary Dramatists (2012), Multilingualism in the Drama of Shakespeare and His Contemporaries (with Dirk Delabastita [John Benjamins, 2015]), and Shakespeare Forever! Leven en mythe, werk en erfenis (Wereldbibliotheek, 2017). He is currently completing a monograph on Shakespeare and World War I.

Subject: Cultural Studies (General) Performance Studies Literary Studies Memory Studies


Introduction: Shakespeare and the Cultures of Commemoration
Ton Hoenselaars and Clara Calvo

Chapter 1. Acting as an Epitaph: Performing Commemoration in the Shakespearean History Play
Emily Shortslef

Chapter 2. From Jubilee to Gala: Remembrance and Ritual Commemoration
Robert Sawyer

Chapter 3. Shakespeare Remembered
Graham Holderness

Chapter 4. American Shakespeare Clubs and Commemoration
Katherine Scheil

Chapter 5. Shakespeare and ‘Native Americans’: Forging Identities through the 1916 Shakespeare Tercentenary
Monika Smialkowska

Chapter 6. The Disciplines of War, Memory, and Writing: Shakespeare’s Henry V and David Jones’s In Parenthesis
Adrian Poole

Chapter 7. Monumental Play: Commemoration, Post-war Britain, and History Cycles
Anita M. Hagerman

Afterword: The Seeds of Time
Graham Holderness

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