Shakespeare’s Italy and Italy’s Shakespeare

Place, "Race," Politics

  • Shaul Bassi

Part of the Reproducing Shakespeare book series (RESH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Shaul Bassi
    Pages 1-18
  3. Race

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Shaul Bassi
      Pages 43-61
  4. Politics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Shaul Bassi
      Pages 121-135
  5. Place

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. Shaul Bassi
      Pages 159-180
    3. Shaul Bassi
      Pages 181-201
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 203-231

About this book


Shakespeare’s Italy and Italy’s Shakespeare revisits a classical topic from a new perspective, focusing on Shakespeare’s afterlife in Italy through the lens of place, “race,” and politics. From discussions of a Victorian racialist interpretation of Shakespeare that casts Iago as the archetypal Italian specimen to Fascist appropriations of Shakespeare to Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s film Caesar Must Die, Shaul Bassi interrogates how Italy explains Shakespeare and how Shakespeare explains Italy. These peripheral events both illuminate singular potentialities of the plays and turn Shakespeare into a special guide to Italy’s ethos and political unconscious.


Shakespeare Italian culture Politics Shakespeare adaptations Race

Authors and affiliations

  • Shaul Bassi
    • 1
  1. 1.Ca'Foscari University of VeniceItaly

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