Shakespeare in Cold War Europe

Conflict, Commemoration, Celebration

  • Erica Sheen
  • Isabel Karremann

Part of the Global Shakespeares book series (GSH)

About this book


This essay collection examines the Shakespearian culture of Cold War Europe - Germany, France, UK, USSR, Poland, Spain and Hungary - from 1947/8 to the end of the 1970s. Written by international Shakespearians who are also scholars of the Cold War, the essays assembled here consider representative events, productions and performances as cultural politics, international diplomacy and sites of memory, and show how they inform our understanding of the political, economic, even military, dynamics of the post-war global order. The volume explores the political and cultural function of Shakespearian celebration and commemoration, but it also acknowledges the conflicts they generated across the European Cold War ‘theatre’, examining the impact of Cold War politics on Shakespearian performance, criticism and scholarship. Drawing on archival material, and presenting its sources both in their original language and in translation, it offers historically and theoretically nuanced accounts of Shakespeare’s international significance in the divided world of Cold War Europe, and its legacy today.  


Cold War Shakespeare Europe Germany Berlin USSR France Poland Hungary Spain Commemoration Celebration Culture Politics Festivals Cultural politics

Editors and affiliations

  • Erica Sheen
    • 1
  • Isabel Karremann
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of English and Related LiteraUniversity of YorkYorkUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.University of WürzburgWürzburgGermany

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