Is Shakespeare English, British, neither or either? Addressing from quite a few angles the relation of the determine of the nationwide poet/dramatist to buildings of britain and Englishness this number of essays probes the complicated concerns raised by way of this question, first via explorations of his performs, mostly notwithstanding no longer solely the histories (Part One), then via dialogue of various next appropriations and reorientations of Shakespeare and 'his' England (Part Two). If Shakespeare has been taken to face for Britain in addition to England, as though the 2 have been interchangeable, this double id has come less than expanding pressure with the break-up – or shake-up – of england via devolution and the tip of Empire. Essays partly One research how the fissure among English and British identities is probed in Shakespeare's personal paintings, which straddles a necessary juncture whilst an England newly self reliant from Rome was once negotiating its position as a part of an rising British nation and empire. Essays partly then discover the vexed family of 'Shakespeare' to buildings of authorial id in addition to nationwide, category, gender and ethnic identities. At this important ancient second, among the stressed interrogations of the tercentenary celebrations of the Union of Scotland and England in 2007 and the quatercentenary celebrations of the demise of the bard in 2016, amid an expanding clamour for a separate English parliament, while the tip of england is being foretold and whilst flags and emotions are working excessive, this assortment has a topicality that makes it of curiosity not just to scholars and students of Shakespeare experiences and Renaissance literature, yet to readers in and out the academy attracted to the drama of nationwide identities in a time of transition.

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