Shakespeare in Canada: A World Elsewhere?

Shakespeare in Canada: A World Elsewhere?

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By Diana Brydon and Irena Makyryk
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2002
World Rights
448 Pages
ISBN 9780802036551
Published Dec 2002
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Is there a distinctly Canadian Shakespeare? What is the status and function of Shakespeare in various locations within the nation: at Stratford, on CBC radio, in regional and university theatres, in Canadian drama and popular culture? Shakespeare in Canada brings insights from a little explored but extensive archive to contemporary debates about the cultural uses of Shakespeare and what it means to be Canadian.

Canada's long history of Shakespeare productions and reception, including adaptations, literary reworkings, and parodies, is analysed and contextualized within the four sections of the book. A timely addition to the growing field that studies the transnational reach of Shakespeare across cultures, this collection examines the political and cultural agendas invoked not only by Shakespeare's plays, but also by his very name. In part a historical and regional survey of Shakespeare in performance, adaptation, and criticism, this is the first work to engage Shakespeare with distinctly Canadian debates addressing nationalism, separatism, cultural appropriation, cultural nationalism, feminism, and postcolonialism.

Diana Brydon is Robert and Ruth Lumsden Professor of English at the University of Western Ontario.

Irena R. Makaryk is a professor in the Department of English at the University of Ottawa.

  • Preface – Diane Bryden and Irena R. Makaryk
  • Introduction: Shakespeare in Canada: 'aworld elsewhere'? – Irena R. Makaryk
  • Part One: Beginnings: Institutionalizing Shakespeare
    • Pioneer Shakespeare Culture: The Reverend Henry Scadding and His Shakespeare Display at the 1892 Toronto Industrial Exhibition – Heather Murray
    • The Imperial Theme: The Shakespeare Society of Toronto,1928-1969 – Karen Bamford
    • 'A Stage for the Word': Shakespeare on CBC Radio, 1947-1955 – Marta Straznicky
    • Stratford and the Aspirations for a Canadian National Theatre – Margaret Groome
    • Shakespeare Canadiens at the Stratford Festival – C.E. McGee
    • A National Hamlet?: Stratford's Legacy of Twentieth-Century Productions – Jessica Schagerl
  • Part Two: Shakespeare On Stage
    • 'Le Re-making' of le Grand Will: Shakespeare in Francophone Quebec – Leanore Lieblein
    • Learning to Curse in Accurate Iambics: Shakespeare in Newfoundland – Peter Ayers
    • Liberal Spectators and Illiberal Critiques: Necessary Angel's King Lear – Michael McKinnie
  • Part Three: Critical Debates and Traditions
    • Continuity and Contradiction: University Actors Meet the Universal Bard – Anthony B. Dawson
    • Canadian Bacon – Paul Yachnin and Brent E. Whitted
    • Canada, Negative Capability, and Cymbeline – Alexander Leggatt
    • Frye's Shakespeare, Frye's Canada – L.M. Findlay
  • Part Four: Reimagining Shakespeare
    • Nation and/as Adaptation: Shakespeare, Canada, and Authenticity – Daniel Fischlin
    • Undead and Unsafe: Adapting Shakespeare (in Canada) – Mark Fortier
    • Normand Chaurette's Les Reines: Shakespeare and the Modern in the Alchemical Oven – Lois Sherlow
    • Othello in Three Times – Ric Knowles
  • Afterword: Relocating Shakespeare, Redefining Canada – Diana Brydon

'Shakespeare in Canada opens up a subject that is of critical importance to literary and theatre studies in Canada, mapping out its parts and providing extremely well researched approaches to its many facets. The detailed examples and case studies offered here should provide a vast resource for teachers of Shakespeare, who can use them as starting points for their classes to discuss new questions of why Shakespeare in Canada. The editors and authors make a persuasive case for how the reception and adaptation of figures like Shakespeare have importance for Canadianists and scholars/teachers primarily focused on contemporary writing, and especially for how Shakespearean adaptation is a significant expression of contemporary Canadian identity. This book has the potential to speak to many different audiences and to transform the conversation among them.'

Lynne Magnusson, Department of English, Queen's University

Ann Saddlemyer Award, Association for Canadian Theatre Research (Canada) - Winner in 2003