The Shakespeare Diaspora

  • Adele SeeffEmail author
Part of the Global Shakespeares book series (GSH)


In the second half of the nineteenth century, Shakespeare is enlisted in the service of identity formation and nation building. Seeff offers three vectors of a broadening Shakespeare diaspora in English, Afrikaans, and Setswana. The rise of Afrikaner nationalism manifests itself in the last quarter of the nineteenth century, first through language, and then through the development of Afrikaans for creative, literary endeavors. In the first half of the twentieth century, Shakespeare’s texts are harnessed to advance the Afrikaner nationalist project as Dutch evolved into the Afrikaans language. Similarly, the emergence of an African national consciousness finds a voice in the translation of a Shakespeare text into Setswana by Sol Plaatje.


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