Shakespeare in Succession: Translation and Time (Hardcover)

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By Michael Saenger (Editor), Sergio Costola (Editor)
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It may certainly be said that nothing can be assumed about Shakespeare: on the one hand, the Elizabethan poet seems to be thriving, with more editions, productions, studies, and translations appearing every year; on the other hand, in a time of global crisis and decolonization, the question of why Shakespeare is relevant at all is now more pertinent than ever. Shakespeare in Succession approaches the question of relevance by positioning Shakespeare as a participant as well as an object of adaptive translation, a labour that has always mediated between the foreign and the domestic, between the past and the present, between the arcane and the urgent. The volume situates Shakespeare on a continuum of transfers that can be understood from cultural, spatial, temporal, or linguistic points of view by studying how the text of Shakespeare is transformed into other languages and examining Shakespeare himself as a kind of translator of previous times, older stories, and prior theatrical and linguistic systems. Contending with the poet’s contemporary fate, Shakespeare in Succession asks how Shakespeare’s work can be offered to the multicultural present in which we live, and how we might relate our position to that of the iconic writer.

About the Author

Michael Saenger is professor of English at Southwestern University. Sergio Costola is associate dean of faculty and Corbin Robertson, Jr Endowed Professor at Southwestern University.

Praise For…

“Shakespeare in Succession successfully overcomes the traditional division between those who perform and those who study Shakespeare. Highlighting their shared concerns and interests, the book seeks to deconstruct this counterproductive gulf by bringing together the perspectives of theatrical practitioners, of translators, and of literary scholars coming from an impressively diverse array of cultures and traditions. A significant contribution to the global study of Shakespeare and translation.” Oana-Alis Zaharia, University of Bucharest and author of Cultural Reworkings and Translations in/of Shakespeare's Plays

Product Details
ISBN: 9780228016496
ISBN-10: 0228016495
Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press
Publication Date: February 15th, 2023
Pages: 336
Language: English