Shakespeare in a Divided America HB
Shakespeare in a Divided America Hardback
James Shapiro (Author)
From the author of 1599, a fresh perspective on the history of the United States - and a timely reminder of Shakespeare's indelible influence.
Paperback: 320 pages
Dimentions:15.3 x 2.2 x 23.4 cm
Shakespeare's position as England's national poet is established and unquestionable.
But as James Shapiro illuminates in this revelatory new history, Shakespeare has long held an essential place in American culture. Why, though, would a proudly independent republic embrace England's greatest writer? Especially when his works enact so many of America's darkest nightmares: interracial marriage, cross-dressing, same-sex love, tyranny, and assassination?
Investigating a selection of defining moments in American history - drilling into issues of race, miscegenation, gender, patriotism and immigration; encountering. Presidents, activists, writers and actors - Shapiro leads us to fascinating answers and uncovers rich and startling stories.
But perhaps most pressingly, we learn how, in Trump's America, the staging of his work has provoked threats of violence and has become a battleground for freedom of speech.
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