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Shifting the Scene: Shakespeare in European Culture

Edited by Ladina Bezzola Lambert and Balz Engler

         ISBN: 978-1611492484

         Published in 2004


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Shifting the Scene adapts words from one of the Choruses in Henry V. Its essays try, without denying authority to the text and the theater, to widen the scene of inquiry to include other institutions, such as education, politics, language, and the arts, and to juxtapose the constructions of Shakespeare and his works that have been produced by them. However, as in Henry V, there is also a geographical dimension. The collection goes beyond England and the English-speaking world and focuses on Europe (including Britain). Shakespeare's importance for European culture is documented by the role he has played, since the late eighteenth century, in national literatures and their use. Shakespeare highlights differences as well as a shared heritage, and there is no other author whose works offer as rich material for comparative study. Ladina Bezzola Lambert is a researcher and lecturer in the English Department of the University of Basel, Switzerland. Balz Engler is Professor of English at the University of Basel.

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