Hamlet s Dreams

The book looks at the ways in which oppressive spaces or circumstances restrict the ways in which personal identity can be formed or formulated in relation to others.

Author: David Schalkwyk

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781441183743

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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Hamlet's Dreams brings together the Robben Island Prison of Nelson Mandela and the prison that is Denmark for Shakespeare's Hamlet. David Shalkwyk uses the circulation of the so-called 'Robben Island Shakespeare', a copy of the Alexander edition of the Complete Works that was secretly circulated, annotated and signed by a group of Robben Island political prisoner in the 1970s (including Nelson Mandela), to examine the representation and experience of imprisonment in South African prison memoirs and Shakespeare's Hamlet. The book looks at the ways in which oppressive spaces or circumstances restrict the ways in which personal identity can be formed or formulated in relation to others. The 'bad dreams' that keep Hamlet from considering himself the 'king of infinite space' are, it argues, the need for other people that becomes especially evident in situations of real or psychological imprisonment.
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The Robben Island Shakespeare

The book's significance resides in the fact that the book's owner, Sonny Venkatratham, passed it to a number of his fellow political prisoners in the single cells, including Nelson Mandela, asking them to mark their favourite passages with ...

Author: Matthew Hahn

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781474283885

Category: Drama

Page: 80

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During the Apartheid years in South Africa, a copy of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare was smuggled around the prison on Robben Island. The book's significance resides in the fact that the book's owner, Sonny Venkatratham, passed it to a number of his fellow political prisoners in the single cells, including Nelson Mandela, asking them to mark their favourite passages with a signature and date. Informally known as "the Robben Island Bible", numerous prisoners selected the speeches that meant the most to them and their experience as political prisoners. In 2008 and 2010, playwright and scholar Matthew Hahn conducted interviews with eight former political prisoners in South Africa. Offering a vivid and startling account of the experience of these political prisoners during Apartheid, this extraordinary verbatim play weaves Shakespeare's words together with first-hand accounts from these men. They offer their reflections on their time as Liberation activists and, twenty years later, on the costs, consequences and whether or not it was all worth it. The play is published alongside a preface by Sonny Venkatrathnam and an introduction by South African actor, director , playwright and cultural activist John Kani.
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The Robben Island Shakespeare

By combining the chosen texts and dialogue from his own interviews, Hahn
skilfully wove a script to give dramatic form to The Robben Island Bible, which
now forms the basis of this volume, The Robben Island Shakespeare in the 4th ...

Author: Matthew Hahn

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781474283892

Category: Drama

Page: 80

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During the Apartheid years in South Africa, a copy of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare was smuggled around the prison on Robben Island. The book's significance resides in the fact that the book's owner, Sonny Venkatratham, passed it to a number of his fellow political prisoners in the single cells, including Nelson Mandela, asking them to mark their favourite passages with a signature and date. Informally known as "the Robben Island Bible", numerous prisoners selected the speeches that meant the most to them and their experience as political prisoners. In 2008 and 2010, playwright and scholar Matthew Hahn conducted interviews with eight former political prisoners in South Africa. Offering a vivid and startling account of the experience of these political prisoners during Apartheid, this extraordinary verbatim play weaves Shakespeare's words together with first-hand accounts from these men. They offer their reflections on their time as Liberation activists and, twenty years later, on the costs, consequences and whether or not it was all worth it. The play is published alongside a preface by Sonny Venkatrathnam and an introduction by South African actor, director , playwright and cultural activist John Kani.
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Reading Revolution

Through the memories and biographical accounts written by former political inmates like Nelson Mandela, the book evocatively brings to life the power of the the written word, as well as the voices of these brilliant and courageous prisoners ...

Author: Ashwin Desai

Publisher:

ISBN: 1608462722

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 129

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Shakespeare's work gives hope and inspiration to the political prisoners held on apartheid South Africa's infamous Robben Island.
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Shakespeare Love and Language

What is the nature of romantic love and erotic desire in Shakespeare's work? In this erudite and yet accessible study, David Schalkwyk addresses this question by exploring the historical contexts, theory and philosophy of love.

Author: David Schalkwyk

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781316953358

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 252

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What is the nature of romantic love and erotic desire in Shakespeare's work? In this erudite and yet accessible study, David Schalkwyk addresses this question by exploring the historical contexts, theory and philosophy of love. Close readings of Shakespeare's plays and poems are delivered through the lens of historical texts from Plato to Montaigne, and modern writers including Jacques Lacan, Jean-Luc Marion, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Jacques Derrida, Alain Badiou and Stanley Cavell. Through these studies, it is argued that Shakespeare has no single or overarching concept of love, and that in Shakespeare's work, love is not an emotion. Rather, it is a form of action and disposition, to be expressed and negotiated linguistically.
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Worlds Elsewhere

Anti-apartheid activist, Bollywood screenwriter, Nazi pin-up, hero of the Wild West: this is Shakespeare as you have never seen him before. ‘Extraordinarily exhilarating ... like no other Shakespeare criticism you have ever read’ ...

Author: Andrew Dickson

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781448155095

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 512

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Anti-apartheid activist, Bollywood screenwriter, Nazi pin-up, hero of the Wild West: this is Shakespeare as you have never seen him before. ‘Extraordinarily exhilarating ... like no other Shakespeare criticism you have ever read’ (Margaret Drabble) ~ ‘A tour de force by any standards’ (David Crystal) ~ ‘Revelatory’ (James Shapiro) ~ ‘Brilliantly original’ (Michael Pye) From the sixteenth-century Baltic to the American Revolution, from colonial India to the skyscrapers of modern-day Shanghai, Shakespeare’s plays appear at the most fascinating of times and in the most unexpected of places. But what is it about William Shakespeare – a man who never once set foot outside England – that has made him at home in so many places around the globe? Travelling across four continents, six countries and 400 years, Worlds Elsewhere is an attempt to understand how Shakespeare has become the international phenomenon he is – and why.
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William Shakespeare

Seventy - five years later , he was being read on Robben Island by Nelson
Mandela . . . . I hope that my selection will at least give a fair idea of the extent to
which Shakespeare has been , like Falstaff , the cause of wit in others — and not
only ...

Author: Laura Marvel

Publisher: Greenhaven Press, Incorporated

ISBN: 0737709006

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 221

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Essays document the life and work of the English dramatist, covering such topics as Shakespeare's authorship, his legacy, and how Shakespeare's plays influence poets, novelists, dramatists, and popular culture.
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Shakespeare Today

This original book looks at how Shakespeare is interpreted and performed today, showing how Shakespeare's influence has stretched much further than the reading and stage performance of his works: into films, festivals, paintings, other ...

Author: Jane Shuter

Publisher: Raintree

ISBN: 9781406273373

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When the Chinese leader Wen Jiabao visited Britain in 2011 he said that Shakespeare was the greatest writer who ever lived. People all over the modern world recognize the image of his face and have heard of his plays. But why is he really so famous? This original book looks at how Shakespeare is interpreted and performed today, showing how Shakespeare's influence has stretched much further than the reading and stage performance of his works: into films, festivals, paintings, other media, and into the English language.
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Shakespeare s Twelfth Night

Today Twelfth Night is considered to be Shakespeare’s greatest romantic comedy.

Author: David Schalwyk

Publisher: Connell Publishing

ISBN: 1907776982

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 128

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Today Twelfth Night is considered to be Shakespeare’s greatest romantic comedy. Written at roughly the same time as Hamlet (1600), it draws from its comic predecessors in clearly identifiable ways, but it also looks forward to the more sombre, emotionally troubled and troubling “problem plays”: Measure for Measure (1602), All’s Well That Ends Well (1604) and Hamlet itself. There is no evidence that Twelfth Night was especially popular in Shakespeare’s day. William Hazlitt, however, thought it Shakespeare’s consummate, quintessential comedy. Many modern critics agree. “Twelfth Night is surely the greatest of all Shakespeare’s pure comedies,” says Harold Bloom, while another American academic, Stephen Booth, judges it to be “one of the most beautiful man-made things in the world”. In it, claims Mary Beth Rose, Shakespeare “completely masters and exhausts this form of drama”. The mastery and the exhaustion are equally important. With Twelfth Night Shakespeare achieved an unmatched blend of plot and subplot, erotic lyricism and festive laughter, edgy satire and romantic melancholy. But he also suggests that the social and personal tensions that comedy is supposed to resolve cannot easily be dispatched in a “happy ending”. With its main plot involving unrequited desire and loss of identity, and its parallel sub-plot of household jealousy and cruel gulling, Twelfth Night is as multi-faceted as any well-cut jewel. It is no wonder critics have disagreed about it so vehemently.
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South Africa s Nobel Laureates

On Robben Island , politics and poetry were woven together in the ongoing work
of sustaining a sense of humanity . Among the sacred texts on the Island , the
collected works of Shakespeare served as a poetic template for the human spirit .

Author: Kader Asmal

Publisher: Jonathan Ball Publishers

ISBN: STANFORD:36105121000652

Category: Learning and scholarship

Page: 289

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Shakespeare s Legacy

I took Shakespearean themes and put them in the Zulu idiom . ... 0 Conclusion
The relevance of Shakespeare for South Africa has been highlighted by none
other than Nelson Mandela , who on Robben Island had formed the idea that "
there ...

Author: Norbert Schaffeld

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015064717682

Category: Commonwealth drama (English)

Page: 168

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Shakespeare in the Global South

The book takes its lead from innovative theatre practice in Mauritius, North India, Brazil, post-apartheid South Africa and the diasporic urban spaces of the global North, to assess the lessons for cultural theory emerging from the new ...

Author: Sandra Young

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350035768

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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Contemporary adaptations of Shakespeare's plays have brought into sharp focus the legacies of slavery, racism and colonial dispossession that still haunt the global South. Looking sideways across the Atlantic and Indian Oceans to nontraditional centres of Shakespeare practice, Shakespeare in the Global South explores the solidarities generated by contemporary adaptations and their stories of displacement and survival. The book takes its lead from innovative theatre practice in Mauritius, North India, Brazil, post-apartheid South Africa and the diasporic urban spaces of the global North, to assess the lessons for cultural theory emerging from the new works. Using the 'global South' as a critical frame, Sandra Young reflects on the vocabulary scholars have found productive in grappling with the impact of the new iterations of Shakespeare's work, through terms such as 'creolization', 'indigenization', 'localization', 'Africanization' and 'diaspora'. Shakespeare's presence in the global South invites us to go beyond familiar orthodoxies and to recognize the surprising affinities felt across oceans of difference in time and space that allow Shakespeare's inventiveness to be a part of the enchanting subversions at play in contemporary theatre's global currents.
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Shakespeare for Freedom

Cover -- Half-title page -- Title page -- Copyright page -- Dedication -- Contents -- List of Figures -- Acknowledgements -- 1 Reclaiming Shakespearean Freedom -- 2 Shakespeare Means Freedom -- 3 'Freetown!' (Romeo and Juliet) -- 4 Freetown ...

Author: Ewan Fernie

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107130852

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 300

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Shakespeare for Freedom presents a powerful, plausible and political argument for Shakespeare's meaning and value. It ranges across the breadth of the Shakespeare phenomenon, offering a new interpretation not just of the characters and plays but also of the part they have played in theatre, criticism, civic culture and politics. Its story includes a glimpse of 'Freetown' in Romeo and Juliet, which comes to life in the 1769 Stratford Jubilee; the Shakespearean careers of the Leicester Chartist, Cooper, and the Hungarian hero, Kossuth; Hegel's recognition of Shakespearean freedom as the modern breakthrough; its fatal effects in America; the disgust it inspired in Tolstoy; its rehabilitation by Ted Hughes; and its obscure centrality in the 2012 Olympics. Ultimately, it issues a positive Shakespearean prognosis for freedom as a vital (in both senses), unending struggle. Shakespeare for Freedom shows why Shakespeare has mattered for four hundred years, and why he still matters today.
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Shakespeare s Restless World

What were Londoners thinking when they went to see Shakespeare's plays? What was it like living in their world? Here Neil MacGregor looks at twenty objects from Shakespeare's life and times, and uncovers the fascinating stories behind them.

Author: Neil MacGregor

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9781846146763

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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From Neil MacGregor, the acclaimed creator of A History of the World in 100 Objects and the Director of the British Museum, comes a unique, enthralling exploration of the age of William Shakespeare to accompany a new BBC Radio 4 series. Shakespeare lived through a pivotal period in human history. With the discovery of the New World, the horizons of Old Europe were expanding dramatically - and long-cherished certainties were crumbling. Life was exhilaratingly uncertain. What were Londoners thinking when they went to see Shakespeare's plays? What was it like living in their world? Here Neil MacGregor looks at twenty objects from Shakespeare's life and times, and uncovers the fascinating stories behind them. The objects themselves range from the grand (such as the hoard of gold coins that make up the Salcombe treasure) to the very humble, like the battered trunk and worn garments of an unknown pedlar. But in each case, they allow MacGregor to explore issues as diverse as piracy and Islam, Catholicism and disguise. MacGregor weaves the histories of objects into the words of Shakespeare's plays themselves to suggest to us where his ideas about religion, national identity, the history of England and the world, human nature itself, may have come from. The result is a fresh and thrilling evocation of Shakespeare's world.
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Shakespeare on the Global Stage

This collection explores the cultural forces at play in the construction, use and reception of Shakespeare during the 2012 Olympic Moment, considering what his presence says about culture, politics and identity in twenty-first century ...

Author: Paul Prescott

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472520340

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 376

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Long held as Britain's 'national poet', Shakespeare's role in the 2012 London Cultural Olympiad confirmed his status as a global icon in the modern world. From his prominent positioning in the Olympic and Paralympic ceremonies, to his major presence in the cultural programme surrounding the Games, including the Royal Shakespeare Company's World Shakespeare Festival and the Globe's Globe to Globe Festival, Shakespeare played a major role in the way the UK presented itself to its citizens and to the world. This collection explores the cultural forces at play in the construction, use and reception of Shakespeare during the 2012 Olympic Moment, considering what his presence says about culture, politics and identity in twenty-first century British and global life.
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Library Information Update

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libraries Hot Scots like Ms Welsh Scotland's public libraries are featuring two
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ISBN: STANFORD:36105123041316

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Shakespeare Revealed

Stow - Howes 1631 : 1023 . CHAPTER 29 : SHAKESPEARE DIES 1. These are
the very lines that more than any others of Shakespeare's comforted Nelson
Mandela on Robben Island . He wrote his name in the margin of them in 1979 ,
on p .

Author: René Weis

Publisher:

ISBN: UCSC:32106019180204

Category: Dramatists, English

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Intimacies with Marlowe, entanglements in London with the mysterious dark lady, the probable fathering of an illegitimate son - the mysteries of Shakespeare's personal life have proven tantalisingly obscure. In Shakespeare Revealed, acclaimed authority, René Weis, brings the man and his milieu to the fore in a compelling reassessment. Breaking with tradition, he reveals how the works themselves contain a rich seam of clues about Shakespeare's life, from his heretical dalliances with Catholicism to his grief at the death of his son Hamnet. If there is a code in his writing, Shakespeare always intended it to be broken. This striking re-reading is consolidated by scrupulous archival research. Through reconstruction of records of the age, René Weis builds a colourful picture of Shakespeare's daily life: the bustling market town of Stratford, the spellbinding forests of Warwickshire, the pell-mell of London's theatres. Above all he reanimates Shakespeare's social scene: Stratford's family affairs and neighbourly disputes and a dangerous London scene, peopled with shady spies, informers and torturers.
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Shakespeare Minus theory

Intimately related to radical criticism ' s negative attitude to Shakespeare ' s art is
its hostility to his humanity , more ... way to the theatre and sentenced to seven
years hard labour on Robben Island , gave one - man performances of Antigone
in ...

Author: Thomas McAlindon

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: UOM:39015058791602

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 198

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Demonstrating and defending a method of close reading and historical contextualisation of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, this collection of essays by Tom McAlindon combines a number of previously published pieces with original studies. The volume includes six interpretative studies, all but one of which involve challenges to radical readings of the plays involved, including Henry V, Coriolanus, The Tempest, and Doctor Faustus. The other three essays are critiques of the claims and methods of radical, postmodernist criticism (new historicism and cultural materialism especially); they illustrate the author's conviction that some leading scholars in the field of Renaissance literature and drama, who deserve credit for shifting attention to new areas of interest, must also be charged with responsibility for a marked decline in standards of analysis, interpretation, and argument. Likely to provoke considerable debate, this stimulating collection is an important contribution to Shakespeare studies.
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Complete Works

... Somehow Shakespeare always had something to say to us " ( Ahmed
Kathrada , imprisoned on Robben Island with Nelson Mandela ) Shakespeare
Our Perennial Contemporary Hamlet is delighted when he hears the news that
the players ...

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015068800500

Category: Drama

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An authoritative, modernized edition of the complete works of the great Elizabethan dramatist offers the complete texts of every comedy, tragedy, and history play, along with key facts about each work, a plot summary, major roles, sources, textual history, glossaries, and other helpful textual notes. 100,000 first printing.
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