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TitleShakespeare Between the World Wars [electronic resource] : The Anglo-American Sphere / by Robert Sawyer
ImprintNew York : Palgrave Macmillan US : Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019
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Descript XI, 314 p. 2 illus., 1 illus. in color. online resource


Shakespeare Between the World Wars draws parallels between Shakespearean scholarship, criticism, and production from 1920 to 1940 and the chaotic years of the Interwar era. The book begins with the scene in Hamlet where the Prince confronts his mother, Gertrude. Just as the closet scene can be read as a productive period bounded by devastation and determination on both sides, Robert Sawyer shows that the years between the World Wars were equally positioned. Examining performance and offering detailed textual analyses, Sawyer considers the re-evaluation of Shakespeare in the Anglo-American sphere after the First World War. Instead of the dried, barren earth depicted by T. S. Eliot and others in the 1920s and 1930s, this book argues that the literary landscape resembled a paradoxically fertile wasteland, for just below the arid plain of the time lay the seeds for artistic renewal and rejuvenation which would finally flourish in the later twentieth century.


Chapter 1: "Introduction."-. Chapter 2: Criticism in the UK: "The Bard of Britannia." -- Chapter 3: Criticism in the US: "The Institutionalization of Shakespeare in the United States." -- Chapter 4: Shakespeare Productions in the US: "The Voices and Sounds of America's Shakespeare." -- Chapter 5: Shakespeare Productions in the UK: "A Sense of Return: 'Tis here, 'tis here, 'tis gone." -- Chapter 6: Conclusion: "Transnational Shakespeare: Then and Now."

British literature Literature Modern Europe-History-1492- Civilization-History British and Irish Literature. Early Modern/Renaissance Literature. History of Modern Europe. Cultural History.


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