Global Shakespeares

South Africa's Shakespeare and the Drama of Language and Identity

Authors: Seeff, Adele

  • Focuses on key Shakespearean productions, two during the period of apartheid and one in a democratic South Africa, in order to explore the production of identity through linguistic practice
  • Looks at linguistic history and how Shakespeare’s texts are harnessed in the service of promoting a linguistic program 
  • Combines a sociolinguistic approach with performance studies, Shakespeare Studies, the Shakespeare diaspora, South African Studies, history, Critical race studies, and cultural studies 
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This volume considers the linguistic complexities associated with Shakespeare’s presence in South Africa from 1801 to early twentieth-first century televisual updatings of the texts as a means of exploring individual and collective forms of identity. A case study approach demonstrates how Shakespeare’s texts are available for ideologically driven linguistic programs. Seeff introduces the African Theatre, Cape Town, in 1801, multilingual site of the first recorded performance of a Shakespeare play in Southern Africa where rival, amateur theatrical groups performed in turn, in English, Dutch, German, and French. Chapter 3 offers three vectors of a broadening Shakespeare diaspora in English, Afrikaans, and Setswana in the second half of the nineteenth century. Chapter 4 analyses André Brink’s Kinkels innie Kabel, a transposition of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors into Kaaps, as a radical critique of apartheid’s obsession with linguistic and ethnic purity. Chapter 5 investigates John Kani’s performance of Othello as a Xhosa warrior chief with access to the ancient tradition of Xhosa storytellers. Shakespeare in Mzansi, a televisual miniseries uses black actors, vernacular languages, and local settings to Africanize Macbeth and reclaim a cross-cultural, multilingualism. An Afterword assesses the future of Shakespeare in a post-rainbow, decolonizing South Africa.  Global Sha

Any reader interested in Shakespeare Studies, global Shakespeare, Shakespeare in performance, Shakespeare and appropriation, Shakespeare and language, Literacy Studies, race, and South African cultural history will be drawn to this book.

About the authors

Adele Seeff  is an independent scholar and lecturer. From 1986 to 2011, she directed the Centre for Renaissance & Baroque Studies, University of Maryland, College Park. She established the conference series, “Attending to Early Modern Women,” co-edited seven volumes of conference proceedings, and co-founded the Early Modern Women Journal. Her research on Shakespeare and performance has appeared in academic journals and anthologies. She was born in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Seeff, Adele

    Pages 1-13

  • The African Theatre, Cape Town, 1801

    Seeff, Adele

    Pages 15-50

  • The Shakespeare Diaspora

    Seeff, Adele

    Pages 51-104

  • André Brink’s Kinkels innie Kabel: Political Vision and Linguistic Virtuosity

    Seeff, Adele

    Pages 105-146

  • John Kani as Othello at the Market Theatre, Johannesburg

    Seeff, Adele

    Pages 147-180

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Hardcover $99.99
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
South Africa's Shakespeare and the Drama of Language and Identity
Authors
Series Title
Global Shakespeares
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-78148-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-78148-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-78147-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 241
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations
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