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Transnational Shakespeare

  • Kwok-kan Tam
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Abstract

There is no other English playwright and poet who is so widely taught in English departments all over the world as Shakespeare is. The centrality that Shakespeare enjoys in the English curriculum, as Robert Wilson puts it, has never come under doubt: “For many of us involved in the teaching of Shakespeare’s drama to undergraduates, the question of whether the playwright should hold such a dominant position in the curriculum rarely if ever crosses our minds. He is, after all, the major writer among major writers, the strongest link in the British Survey chain. He is also a shining star in the cultural firmament, especially in American society, where other British literary busts are rapidly gathering dust in English department basements” (1990, 206). Although Wilson’s remarks are made about Shakespeare in the English departments in American universities, much of what he says also sheds light on the worldwide significance of Shakespeare. Today, Shakespeare is as much a part of world culture as a part of English culture.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kwok-kan Tam
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  1. 1.The Hang Seng University of Hong KongShatinHong Kong

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