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Hamlet in Times of War: Two Appropriations of Shakespeare’s Tragedy in Former Yugoslavia in the 1990s

  • Alexandra Portmann
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Abstract

Portmann offers a critical investigation of political Shakespeare in Former Yugoslavia. Taking Jan Kott’s influential essay collection Shakespeare Our Contemporary (1961) as a starting point, she argues that a universal understanding of political Shakespeare in Eastern Europe risks reducing dramaturgical strategies in political theatre to Kott’s strategy of actualization and allusion. Drawing on Hans-Thies Lehmann’s and Jacques Rancière’s theories, Portmann analyses two Hamlet productions during the 1990s. She points out that there is a significant shift from performance’s content to its formal aspects, such as modes of representation, which are considered as political. By offering an alternative to such established strategies as Kott’s actualization, the chapter reveals a greater variety of approaches in political theatre.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexandra Portmann
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.University of BernBernSwitzerland
  2. 2.Ludwig-Maximilans-Universität MünchenMunichGermany

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