Shakespeare and Cultural Traditions

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  • Copyright: 1994-07-01
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The Fifth World Shakespeare Congress, held in Tokyo in August 1991, attracted seven hundred Shakespeareans from thirty-five countries. Those contributing to the program included some of the best-known critics and scholars working today in the field of Shakespeare studies. A selection of the many stimulating papers given during the congress is presented here in Shakespeare and Cultural Traditions.
This theme of Shakespeare and cultural traditions was explored from many angles: the cultural forces that helped shape Shakespeare's work in his own time: the assimilation of Shakespeare by other cultures through translation and theatre performances: the creative influence of the plays on other cultural media such as opera and film: and interpretations of Shakespeare from late-twentieth-century viewpoints including the psychoanalytical, the political, the feminist, and the new historical.
The lectures delivered by the four plenary speakers of the congress are published here: Stephen Greenblatt's groundbreaking paper on witchcraft and Macbeth: Germaine Greer's perceptive analysis of the presence of the proletariat in Shakespeare's plays: Ruth Nevo's intriguing exploration of Freudian perspectives on Hamlet; and Takashi Sasayama's important comparative study of tragedy and emotion in Shakespeare and Chikamatsu. This volume also includes papers by other Shakespearean scholars of international reputation, offering fresh insights into many topics of interest. Among them are John Russell Brown on "Shakespeare's Plays and Traditions of Playgoing"; Sukanta Chaudhuri on "Shakespeare and the Ethnic Question"; Werner Habicht on the German Shakespeare tradition; Alexander Leggatt on bearbaiting; Avraham Oz on The Merchant of Venice; Annabel Patterson and Taming of the Shrew; and Gary Taylor on "Bardicide."
Taken together, the essays collected in Shakespeare and Cultural Traditions constitute a remarkable range of responses to Shakespeare's enduring art and offer a truly international and multicultural assessment of his presence in the world today.

Table of Contents

List of Contributorsp. 9
Acknowledgmentsp. 11
Introductionp. 13
Shakespeare Bewitchedp. 17
Shakespeare and Bearbaitingp. 43
The Offstage Mob: Shakespeare's Proletariatp. 54
The Jack Cade Scenes Reconsidered: Popular Rebellion, Utopia, or Carnival?p. 76
The Inversion of Cultural Traditions in Shakespeare's Sonnetsp. 90
Shakespeare in the Humanist Tradition: Skeptical Doubts and Their Expression in Paradoxesp. 99
A Caliban in St. Mildred Poultryp. 110
Shakespeare's Will and Testamentary Traditionsp. 127
Tragedy and Emotion: Shakespeare and Chikamatsup. 138
"Which Is the Merchant Here? And Which the Jew?": Riddles of Identity in The Merchant of Venicep. 155
Shakespeare and the Ethnic Questionp. 174
Shakespeare Imagines the Orient: The Orient Imagines Shakespearep. 188
Shakespeare's Australian Travelsp. 205
Voices and Silences in Shakespeare's Plays: A View from a Different Cultural Traditionp. 216
"I Know Not What You Mean by That": Shakespeare in Different Cultural Contextsp. 223
Shakespeare, Ibsen, and Rome: A Study in Cultural Transmissionp. 229
Romanticism, Antiromanticism, and the German Shakespeare Traditionp. 243
Shakespeare's Plays and Traditions of Playgoingp. 253
Fire in the Theater: A Cross-cultural Codep. 266
Shakespeare as Liberator: Macbeth in Czechoslovakiap. 274
Hamlet at World's End: Heiner Muller's Production in East Berlinp. 280
Political Shakespeare: West Germany, 1970-1990p. 285
King Lear in the Opera Housep. 295
Framing The Tamingp. 304
Nicholas Rowe and the Twentieth-Century Shakespeare Textp. 314
Locating Texts in Historyp. 323
Bardicidep. 333
Mousetrap and Rat Man: An Uncanny Resemblancep. 350
Appendix A: Complete List of Papers from the Program of the Congressp. 364
Appendix B: Seminars, Forums, and Their Leadersp. 367
Indexp. 369
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