Since the airing of the Shakespeare in Mzansi series in 2008, which concludes this study, much has changed in the landscape of South African politics and political discourse. There have been sociopolitical, economic, and institutional modes of devolution. Shakespeare’s plays have readily served as a scaffolding for the political anxieties of South African history, but what is the future of Shakespeare in a decolonizing, post-rainbow South Africa? Could these texts facilitate a theorizing of a new South African cultural identity for all South Africa? What claims can be made for the ethical study or staging of Shakespeare’s text against the counterclaims of deep inequality, unimaginable poverty, and unemployment? In the current uncertain political moment, the place of Shakespeare’s texts is hardly assured.
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