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Shakespeare and Space

Theatrical Explorations of the Spatial Paradigm

  • Ina Habermann
  • Michelle Witen

Part of the Palgrave Shakespeare Studies book series (PASHST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Ina Habermann, Michelle Witen
    Pages 1-13
  3. Shakespearean Spaces

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Andreas Mahler
      Pages 17-37
    3. Elisabeth Bronfen
      Pages 103-120
    4. Bernhard Klein
      Pages 121-140
  4. Migrating Shakespeare, Migrating Hamlet

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 269-282

About this book


This collection offers an overview of the ways in which space has become relevant to the study of Shakespearean drama and theatre. It distinguishes various facets of space, such as structural aspects of dramatic composition, performance space and the evocation of place, linguistic, social and gendered spaces, early modern geographies, and the impact of theatrical mobility on cultural exchange and the material world. These facets of space are exemplified in individual essays. Throughout, the Shakespearean stage is conceived as a topological ‘node’, or interface between different times, places and people – an approach which also invokes Edward Soja’s notion of ‘Thirdspace’ to describe the blend between the real and the imaginary characteristic of Shakespeare’s multifaceted theatrical world. Part Two of the volume emphasises the theatrical mobility of Hamlet – conceptually from an anthropological perspective, and historically in the tragedy’s migrations to Germany, Russia and North America. 


Early Modern Drama Geocriticism Early Modern Theatre Literary Geography Shakespeare Early Modern Geographies Shakespeare and Space Shakespeare in North America Shakespeare in Germany Shakespeare in Russia

Editors and affiliations

  • Ina Habermann
    • 1
  • Michelle Witen
    • 2
  1. 1.University of BaselBaselSwitzerland
  2. 2.University of BaselBaselSwitzerland

About the editors

Ina Habermann is Professor of English at the University of Basel, Switzerland. She is the author of Staging Slander and Gender in Early Modern England (2003) and Myth, Memory and the Middlebrow: J.B. Priestley and the Symbolic Form of Englishness (2010). 


Michelle Witen is Postdoctoral Teaching and Research Fellow at the University of Basel, Switzerland. Her research interests include Modernist incorporations of musical structure and nineteenth-century newspapers. Her monograph James Joyce’s Absolute Music is forthcoming.


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