By Clara Calvo,Coppélia Kahn

at the four-hundredth anniversary of Shakespeare's dying, this assortment opens up the social practices of commemoration to new study and research. a global workforce of top students explores a large spectrum of celebrations, displaying how key occasions - corresponding to the Easter emerging in eire, the second one Vatican Council of 1964 and the good Exhibition of 1851 - drew on Shakespeare to specific political agendas. within the united states, commemoration in 1864 counted on him to symbolise solidarity transcending the Civil battle, whereas the 1st international struggle pulled the 1916 anniversary get together into the warfare attempt, enlisting Shakespeare as patriotic poet. The essays additionally think about how the dream of Shakespeare as a rural poet took form in gardens, how cartoons challenged the poet's élite prestige and the way statues of him mutated into ads for gin and Disney cartoons. Richly assorted illustrations complement those case experiences of the various, advanced and contradictory goals of memorialising Shakespeare.

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