The Shakespearean World takes a global view of Shakespeare and his works, especially their afterlives. Constantly changing, the Shakespeare central to this volume has acquired an array of meanings over the past four centuries. "Shakespeare" signifies the historical person, as well as the plays and verse attributed to him. It also signifies the attitudes towards both author and works determined by their receptions. Throughout the book, specialists aim to situate Shakespeare’s world and what the world is because of him. In adopting a global perspective, the volume arranges thirty-six chapters in five parts:

  • Shakespeare on stage internationally since the late seventeenth century;

  • Shakespeare on film throughout the world;

  • Shakespeare in the arts beyond drama and performance;

  • Shakespeare in everyday life;

  • Shakespeare and critical practice.

Through its coverage, The Shakespearean World offers a comprehensive transhistorical and international view of the ways this Shakespeare has not only influenced but has also been influenced by diverse cultures during 400 years of performance, adaptation, criticism, and citation. While each chapter is a freshly conceived introduction to a significant topic, all of the chapters move beyond the level of survey, suggesting new directions in Shakespeare studies – such as ecology, tourism, and new media – and making substantial contributions to the field. This volume is an essential resource for all those studying Shakespeare, from beginners to advanced specialists.

chapter |18 pages


ByJill L. Levenson, Robert Ormsby

part I|152 pages

Shakespeare on Stage Since the Late Seventeenth Century

chapter One|19 pages

Staging Shakespeare in England Since the Restoration

ByKathryn Prince

chapter Two|20 pages

Shakespeare on Stage in Europe Since the Late Seventeenth Century

ByMartin Procházka, Marta Gibińska, Florence March

chapter Three|18 pages

Shakespeare on American Stages

ByJames C. Bulman

chapter Four|19 pages

Shakespeare in Latin America

Appropriation politics and performance practices
ByMaria Clara Versiani Galery, Anna Stegh Camati

chapter Five|19 pages

Middle Eastern Shakespeares

ByMargaret Litvin, Avraham Oz, Parviz Partovi

chapter Six|19 pages

Shakespeare in Africa

BySandra Young

chapter Seven|19 pages

Interacting with Naturalism

East Asian Shakespeare performances
ByYong Li Lan

chapter Eight|17 pages

Kissing and Drowning the Book

Shakespearean theatre in the Antipodes
ByRob Conkie, Nicola Hyland

part II|89 pages

Shakespeare on Film

chapter Nine|17 pages

Framing the Theatrical

Shakespearean film in the UK
ByPeter Kirwan

chapter Ten|17 pages

Shakespeare on Film

Continental Europe
ByMariangela Tempera

chapter Eleven|18 pages

The Cloud-Capped Towers and the Charcoal Sketch

Shakespeare on film in North America
BySamuel Crowl

chapter Twelve|16 pages

Shakespeare on Film in Asia

ByAlexa Huang

chapter Thirteen|19 pages

Shakespearean Cinema and the Rest of the World

ByMark Thornton Burnett

part III|97 pages

Shakespeare in the Arts Beyond Drama and Performance

chapter Fourteen|18 pages

The Subject of Shake-Speares Sonnets and Afterlife in Lyric Poetry

ByPeter Robinson

chapter Fifteen|17 pages

Shakespeare and the Novel

"For that which had been lost was found, and so on"
ByJane Kingsley-Smith

chapter Sixteen|16 pages

Shakespeare and Non-Fiction

In search of the biography
ByKatherine Scheil

chapter Seventeen|25 pages

Interpreting Shakespeare Through the Visual Arts

ByJim Davis

chapter Eighteen|19 pages

The Shakespearean World of Music

ByChristy Desmet, David M. Schiller

part IV|104 pages

Shakespeare in Everyday Life

chapter Nineteen|16 pages

Shakespeare and Education

The making of an unlikely marriage
ByKate Flaherty

chapter Twenty-One|13 pages

Shakespeare in Amateur Production

ByStephen P. Purcell

chapter Twenty-Two|13 pages

"Prithee, Listen Well"

The case for audio Shakespeare
ByMichael P. Jensen

chapter Twenty-Three|13 pages

Sticky or Spreadable? Shakespeare and Global Television

BySusanne Greenhalgh

chapter Twenty-Four|12 pages

Shakespearean Tourism

From national heritage to global attraction
ByRobert Ormsby

chapter Twenty-Five|20 pages

"Within this Wooden [2.]O"

Shakespeare and new media in the digital age
ByBrett Greatley-Hirsch, Michael Best

part V|174 pages

Shakespeare and Critical Practice

chapter Twenty-Six|16 pages

Shakespeare's Texts and Editions

ByEugene Giddens

chapter Twenty-Seven|15 pages

Shakespearean Archives

Context, categories, and the containment of chaos
ByChristie Carson

chapter Twenty-Eight|16 pages

Shakespeare's Language

An eventful afterlife
ByKeith Johnson

chapter Twenty-Nine|15 pages

Shakespeare and Philosophy

ByPeter Holbrook

chapter Thirty|15 pages

Political Approaches to Shakespeare

ByHugh Grady

chapter Thirty-One|15 pages

Religion, Secularity, and Shakespeare

ByArthur F. Marotti, Ken Jackson

chapter Thirty-Two|17 pages

Shakespeare and Psychology

"Who's there?"
ByMurray M. Schwartz, David Willbern

chapter Thirty-Three|16 pages

Shakespeare and Early Modern Race Studies

An overview of the field
ByJason Demeter, Ayanna Thompson

chapter Thirty-Four|16 pages

New Economies of Gender and Sexuality

Rereading the Shakespearean body
BySusan Bennett, Nicole Edge

chapter Thirty-Five|16 pages

Shakespeare, Ecology, and Ecocriticism

ByRandall Martin

chapter Thirty-Six|15 pages

The Shakespearean Legal Imaginary

ByKaren J. Cunningham