Local and Global Myths in Shakespearean Performance

  • Aneta Mancewicz
  • Alexa Alice Joubin

Part of the Reproducing Shakespeare book series (RESH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Alexa Alice Joubin, Aneta Mancewicz
    Pages 1-21
  3. Myths of Linguistic Transcendence, Authenticity, Universality

  4. Myths of Local Identities and Global Icons

  5. Myths of Political Shakespeare

  6. Shakespeare as Myth in Commercial and Popular Culture

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 267-271

About this book


This collection of scholarly essays offers a new understanding of local and global myths that have been constructed around Shakespeare in theatre, cinema, and television from the nineteenth century to the present. Drawing on a definition of myth as a powerful ideological narrative, Local and Global Myths in Shakespearean Performance examines historical, political, and cultural conditions of Shakespearean performances in Europe, Asia, and North and South America. The first part of this volume offers a theoretical introduction to Shakespeare as myth from a twenty-first century perspective. The second part critically evaluates myths of linguistic transcendence, authenticity, and universality within broader European, neo-liberal, and post-colonial contexts. The study of local identities and global icons in the third part uncovers dynamic relationships between regional, national, and transnational myths of Shakespeare. The fourth part revises persistent narratives concerning a political potential of Shakespeare’s plays in communist and post-communist countries. Finally, part five explores the influence of commercial and popular culture on Shakespeare myths. Michael Dobson’s Afterword concludes the volume by locating Shakespeare within classical mythology and contemporary concerns. 


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Editors and affiliations

  • Aneta Mancewicz
    • 1
  • Alexa Alice Joubin
    • 2
  1. 1.University of BirminghamBirminghamUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.George Washington UniversityWashington, DCUSA

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