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Shakespeare and the Political: Elizabethan Politics and Asian Exigencies

Rita Banerjee

The book offers fresh and innovative perspectives on selected plays from diverse genres. It presents a variety of theoretical approaches. It shows how the ideologies of Shakespeare's plays might have been understood in the Jacobean period and also how they may be adapted to answer the needs of contemporary societies.
This edited collection of essays offers various perspectives on the politics of selected Shakespearean plays and their adaptations. The volume shows how selected plays and later adaptations engage with various kinds of politics and political ideology. It contains interpretations of the original plays focusing on the institutions of family and honor, patriarchy and repression of women, kingship and subversion of dynasty, the developing ideas of the nation and cosmopolitanism. The essays examine the concept of power and its interrogation and political ideologies and also undertake comparative studies. Not restricting itself to any one genre, the book discusses tragedies, history plays, and tragicomedies.
The volume looks at adaptations - Taiwanese, Japanese, European, and Indian. The volume adopts Douglas Lanier's concept of "rhizomatic" approach to examine how Asian Shakespearean adaptations, films and stage performances become independent works of art often modifying and appropriating originals 'unfaithfully' in different social and temporal contexts. The volume engages with the contemporary politics in various countries.
The volume makes use of a variety of approaches - historicism, presentism, gender studies and feminism, textual studies, studies of political thoughts - to interpret the texts.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic India
  • Publish Date: Jun 30th, 2024
  • Pages: 320
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 8.50in - 5.32in - 1.00in - 1.00lb
  • EAN: 9789356404434
  • Categories: ShakespeareAsian - General

About the Author

Banerjee, Rita: - Rita Banerjee is a research scholar affiliated to the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata. She was formerly Associate Professor of English Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. She specialized in early modern British drama and has published articles, book chapters, and a monograph in early modern literature and related areas. Her current research interests include travel narratives, early modern literature, historiography, 19th- and 20th -century Bengali literature and culture, women's writings, and Rabindranath Tagore. She has recently published India in Early Modern English Travel Narratives: Protestantism, Enlightenment, and Toleration and an edited collection, Cultural Histories of India: Subaltern Spaces, Peripheral Genres, and Alternate Historiography.
Chen, Yilin: - Yilin Chen (PhD in Drama and Theatre, Royal Holloway, University of London) is Professor in the Department of English Language, Literature and Linguistics, and Director of the Global Foreign Language Education Program in Providence University (Taiwan). Her current research includes the representation of gender and sexuality in Shakespeare, and teaching Shakespeare and English as the second language through modern technology. She is interested in integrating Human Intelligence (HI) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to promote bilingual education. She is also in charge of bilingual teacher training for both in-service and pre-service K12 teachers.
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