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Shakespeare Between the World Wars

The Anglo-American Sphere

  • Robert Sawyer
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Introduction

Shakespeare Between the World Wars draws parallels between Shakespearean scholarship, criticism, and production from 1920 to 1940 and the chaotic years of the Interwar era. The book begins with the scene in Hamlet where the Prince confronts his mother, Gertrude. Just as the closet scene can be read as a productive period bounded by devastation and determination on both sides, Robert Sawyer shows that the years between the World Wars were equally positioned. Examining performance and offering detailed textual analyses, Sawyer considers the re-evaluation of Shakespeare in the Anglo-American sphere after the First World War. Instead of the dried, barren earth depicted by T. S. Eliot and others in the 1920s and 1930s, this book argues that the literary landscape resembled a paradoxically fertile wasteland, for just below the arid plain of the time lay the seeds for artistic renewal and rejuvenation which would finally flourish in the later twentieth century.  

Keywords

Britain culture Europe history history of literature literature Modernity sound William Shakespeare

Authors and affiliations

  • Robert Sawyer
    • 1
  1. 1.Literature and LanguageEast Tennessee State UniversityJohnson CityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-58218-8
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature America, Inc. 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-59063-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-58218-8
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