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Description - Shakespeare and the American Nation by Kim C. Sturgess

Why do so many Americans celebrate Shakespeare, a long-dead English poet and playwright? By the nineteenth century newly independent America had chosen to reject the British monarchy and Parliament, class structure and traditions, yet their citizens still made William Shakespeare a naturalized American hero. Today the largest group of overseas visitors to Stratford-upon-Avon, the Royal Shakespeare Company and Bankside's Shakespeare's Globe Theatre come from America. Why? Is there more to Shakespeare's American popularity than just a love of men in doublet and hose speaking soliloquies? This book tells the story of America's relationship with Shakespeare. The story of how and why Shakespeare became a hero within American popular culture. Sturgess provides evidence of a comprehensive nineteenth-century appropriation of Shakespeare to the cause of the American Nation and shows that, as America entered the twentieth century a new world power, for many Americans Shakespeare had become as American as George Washington.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521035767
ISBN-10: 0521035767
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Pages: 248
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 1-May-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Kim C. Sturgess

Kim C. Sturgess has studied in America and currently teaches Shakespeare and comparative literature courses at American universities in London.

Books By Kim C. Sturgess

Shakespeare and the American Nation by Kim C. Sturgess
Hardback, June 2004
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