Introduction: Memorialising Shakespeare, Memorialising Ourselves

Smialkowska, Monika and King, Edmund G. C. (2021) Introduction: Memorialising Shakespeare, Memorialising Ourselves. In: Memorialising Shakespeare: Commemoration and Collective Identity, 1916–2016. Palgrave Shakespeare Studies . Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 1-32. ISBN 9783030840129, 9783030840136

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This introductory chapter starts by situating Shakespeare commemoration in the context of recent theory on cultural and collective memory. It then examines the relationship between literary memorialisation and the nation state before problematising commemoration events outside Europe in the context of postcolonial and decolonial theory. Commemoration events have become fraught, it suggests, because of a growing tendency to focus on the politics of the present. This presentist position, which typically represents the values and interests of the past and present as radically opposed to one another, presents challenges for traditional modes of memorialisation, which in the past have sought to demonstrate positive links and continuities between the literatures and cultures of past and present. The introduction concludes with a set of detailed summaries of the chapters in the volume.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Shakespeare, Cultural memory, Collective memory, Commemoration, Memorialisation, Presentism
Subjects: Q200 Comparative Literary studies
Q300 English studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Humanities
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Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2021 13:52
Last Modified: 25 May 2022 14:45

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