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Celebrating Shakespeare
Commemoration and Cultural Memory

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Coppélia Kahn, Clara Calvo, Peter Holland, Richard Schoch, Adrian Poole, Graham Holderness, Supriya Chaudhuri, Marta Cerezo, Douglas M. Lanier, Andrew Murphy, Gordon McMullan, Ailsa Grant Ferguson, Philip Mead, Ton Hoenselaars, Nicola J. Watson, Katherine West Scheil
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  • Date Published: October 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107643130

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  • On the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, this collection opens up the social practices of commemoration to new research and analysis. An international team of leading scholars explores a broad spectrum of celebrations, showing how key events - such as the Easter Rising in Ireland, the Second Vatican Council of 1964 and the Great Exhibition of 1851 - drew on Shakespeare to express political agendas. In the USA, commemoration in 1864 counted on him to symbolise unity transcending the Civil War, while the First World War pulled the 1916 anniversary celebration into the war effort, enlisting Shakespeare as patriotic poet. The essays also consider how the dream of Shakespeare as a rural poet took shape in gardens, how cartoons challenged the poet's élite status and how statues of him mutated into advertisements for gin and Disney cartoons. Richly varied illustrations supplement these case studies of the diverse, complex and contradictory aims of memorialising Shakespeare.

    • Presents commemoration as a social practice that has kept Shakespeare culturally alive worldwide
    • Provides the critical perspectives on a variety of commemoration practices, from traditional anniversaries through cultural tourism: Shakespeare gardens, sculptures, cottages and cartoons
    • Features over forty figures that illustrate the questions explored
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Wide-ranging in both space and time, this richly illustrated volume offers a fascinating, and often entertaining, series of studies of the numerous different ways in which Shakespeare has been has been celebrated and commemorated over the centuries."
    Stanley Wells, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

    'Celebrating Shakespeare is a timely, engaging, and thought-provoking collection. Building on current developments in the study of collective memory, it offers important insight into the productive relationships between the past and the present, memory and identity, and culture and politics. Simultaneously, it contributes to the ongoing debates surrounding Shakespeare’s cultural capital and the uses to which it can be put. While theoretically sophisticated, the volume is very readable and will certainly capture the interest of students of cultural history and anybody who likes to hear a fascinating, little-known tale from the past … It lays the foundations for discussing other cases of Shakespearean commemorations, especially in the wake of the 2016 Quatercentenary.' Monika Smialkowska, English: Journal of the English Association

    ‘Celebrating Shakespeare: Commemoration and Cultural Memory, a handsome volume of fifteen essays, ably edited by Clara Calvo and Coppélia Kahn, analyses the way in which commemorative practices have shaped our idea of Shakespeare and have helped create a powerful cultural institution or, as Graham Holderness has termed it, a 'myth'. … this important volume presents us with many riches and is itself a fitting, self-reflective commemorative act celebrating, but also interrogating, Shakespeare and what we’ve made him.’ Irena R. Makaryk, Archiv

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107643130
    • length: 403 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 154 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • contains: 46 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: Shakespeare and commemoration Coppélia Kahn and Clara Calvo
    1. David Garrick: saints, temples and jubilees Peter Holland
    2. Commemorating Shakespeare in performance: Betterton and Irving Richard Schoch
    3. Relic, pageant, sunken wrack: Shakespeare in 1816 Adrian Poole
    4. Remembrance of things past: Shakespeare 1851, 1951, 2012 Graham Holderness
    5. Remembering Shakespeare in India: colonial and postcolonial memory Supriya Chaudhuri
    6. Shakespeare at the Vatican, 1964 Marta Cerezo
    7. Commemorating Shakespeare in America, 1864 Douglas M. Lanier
    8. Shakespeare's rising: Ireland and the 1916 Tercentenary Andrew Murphy
    9. Goblin's market: commemoration, anti-semitism and the invention of 'global Shakespeare' in 1916 Gordon McMullan
    10. Performing commemoration in wartime: Shakespeare galas in London, 1916–19 Ailsa Grant Ferguson
    11. Lest we forget: Shakespeare tercentenary commemoration in Sydney and London, 1916 Philip Mead
    12. Brought up to date: Shakespeare in cartoons Clara Calvo
    13. Sculpted Shakespeare Ton Hoenselaars
    14. Gardening with Shakespeare Nicola J. Watson
    15. Anne Hathaway's Cottage: myth, tourism, diplomacy Katherine West Scheil

  • Editors

    Clara Calvo, Universidad de Murcia, Spain
    Clara Calvo is Professor of English Studies at Universidad de Murcia, Spain. She is the author of Power Relations and Fool-Master Discourse in Shakespeare (1991) and co-authored The Literature Workbook (with Jean-Jacques Weber, 1998). She has edited, with Ton Hoenselaars, European Shakespeares (The Shakespearean International Yearbook, 8, 2008), a special issue of Critical Survey on Shakespeare and the Cultures of Commemoration (2010), and Thomas Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy for Arden Early Modern Drama (with Jesús Tronch, 2013). Her articles have appeared in Shakespeare Survey, The Year's Work in English Studies, and several other journals and collections of essays.

    Coppélia Kahn, Brown University, Rhode Island
    Coppélia Kahn is Professor of English, Emerita, at Brown University, Rhode Island. She has published widely on feminist theory, Shakespeare, Renaissance drama, and Shakespeare's place in American culture. She is author of Man's Estate: Masculine Identity in Shakespeare (1981) and Roman Shakespeare: Warriors, Wounds, and Women (1997). She also co-edited Making a Difference: Feminist Literary Criticism (with Gayle Green, 1985).


    Coppélia Kahn, Clara Calvo, Peter Holland, Richard Schoch, Adrian Poole, Graham Holderness, Supriya Chaudhuri, Marta Cerezo, Douglas M. Lanier, Andrew Murphy, Gordon McMullan, Ailsa Grant Ferguson, Philip Mead, Ton Hoenselaars, Nicola J. Watson, Katherine West Scheil

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