• Alexa Alice Joubin
  • Aneta Mancewicz
Part of the Reproducing Shakespeare book series (RESH)


This chapter introduces new theoretical foundations for understanding aspects of the Shakespeare myth beyond bardolatry and provides definitions of key terms. Myth is introduced from several perspectives: literary (Northrop Frye), semiological (Roland Barthes), materialist (Graham Holderness), and theatrical (Heiner Müller). It is defined as a story that presents itself as true through a particular framing of events and that plays an ideological role. Contradictory myths are the foundation to many conversations about Shakespeare today. Taking up where Graham Holderness left off in his landmark volume The Shakespeare Myth (1988), this chapter delineates the ways in which international films and performances construct myths of Shakespeare’s moral authority and use value.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexa Alice Joubin
    • 1
  • Aneta Mancewicz
    • 2
  1. 1.George Washington UniversityWashington, DCUSA
  2. 2.University of BirminghamBirminghamUK

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