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Author Kostihová, Marcela, 1974-

Title Shakespeare in transition : political appropriations in the postcommunist Czech Republic / Marcela Kostihová
Published Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 210 pages) : illustrations
Series Performance interventions
Performance interventions.
Contents The End of History' in Central and Eastern Europe -- Shakespeares of the Postcommunist World -- Translation Wars: Redefining Shakespeare in Post-Socialist Czech Republic -- Katharine 'Humanized': Abusing the 'Shrew' on Prague Stages -- Politics of Desire: Homoeroticism in Post-Communist Czech Shakespeare -- Epilogue: Into the European Union
Summary "This book investigates the political dimensions of Czech Shakespeare appropriation and production in the wake of the fall of communism, uncovering an anxious struggle between dimensions of Czech nationhood that comes to a head in a competition for a 'true' Shakespeare, and addressing key issues such as gender, globalization and national culture"-- Provided by publisher
In her compelling cross-disciplinary series of case studies, Kostihov̀ bucks the popular and scholarly consensus that declared postcommunist Shakespeare to be apolitical. Shakespeare in Transition investigates the political dimensions of Czech Shakespeare appropriation and production in the wake of the fall of Communism in 1989. Whether in focusing on recent arguments about Shakespeare translation (zooming in on an explosive public debate where inaccurate Shakespeare translation was equated with 'treason against Czech national culture') or comparative consideration of clusters of themed performances, Kostihov persuasively demonstrates that Shakespeare takes a leading role in refracting contemporary hot-button political issues -such as new legislation on gender, sexuality, and domestic abuse -that aim to redefine the normative boundaries of postcommunist citizenship
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Appreciation -- Czech Republic.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Translations into Czech -- History and criticism.
Politics and literature -- Czech Republic -- History -- 20th century.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Palgrave Connect (Online service)
LC no. 2010027527
ISBN 0230290426 (electronic bk.)
9780230290426 (electronic bk.)