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Repositioning Shakespeare

National Formations, Postcolonial Appropriations

By Thomas Cartelli

© 1999 – Routledge

248 pages

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About the Book

Repositioning Shakespeare offers an original assessment of a broad range of texts and cultural events that appropriate Shakespeare. Examining these materials within the context of 'the nation' in a postcolonial era, Thomas Cartelli considers:

* essays by Walt Whitman

* the nineteenth-century play, 'Jack Cade'

* novels by Aphra Behn, Ngugi Wa Thiong'o, Michelle Cliff, Tayeb Salih, Nadine Gordimer and Robert Stone

* the 1849 Astor Place Riot

Cartelli places particular emphasis on redefining the 'postcolonial' in order to find a place for America. In doing so, Repositioning Shakespeare makes a considerable contribution to the continuing debate about the uses we make of Shakespeare.


'Repositioning Shakespeare is a very well researched book, full of insight both into Shakespeare, American and world-wide politics and social affairs and, most of all, the postcolonial issue. For anyone engaged in postcolonial studies it is of great use and it is certainly a pleasure to read.' - Magnus Ankarsjö, Modern Languages

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