Essays in the Shakespeare Myth
This volume brings together a collection of Graham Holderness's writings on such topics as Shakespeare and national culture; the Shakespeare industry; and the "Shakespeare Myth". Published in books and journals between 1985 and 1997, these celebrated essays constitute a resource for the study of Shakespeare as a cultural phenomenon or ideological apparatus, as distinct from Shakespeare the poet and playwright.
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'No one interested in Shakespeare's extraordinary endurance as an international cultural icon can afford to ignore Holderness's trailblazing scholarship.' Kiernan Ryan, Professor of English, Royal Holloway, University of London 'Graham Holderness has done the most illuminating, inclusive and informed work on the ways "Shakespeare" circulates in our culture. This collection offers an excellent opportunity to catch up with the main debates.' Alan Sinfield, Professor of English, University of Sussex. 'Graham Holderness's refusal to separate the Bard from the culture in which we all take part makes him an admirably perceptive, and sadly rare, critic.' Terence Hawkes, Emeritus Professor, Cardiff University.