Drawing together some of the leading academics in the field of
Shakespeare studies, this volume examines the commonalities and
differences in addressing a notionally 'Celtic' Shakespeare. Celtic
contexts have been established for many of Shakespeare's plays, and
there has been interest too in the ways in which Irish, Scottish
and Welsh critics, editors and translators have reimagined
Shakespeare, claiming, connecting with and correcting him. This
collection fills a major gap in literary criticism by bringing
together the best scholarship on the individual nations of Ireland,
Scotland and Wales in a way that emphasizes cultural crossovers and
crucibles of conflict. The volume is divided into three
chronologically ordered sections: Tudor Reflections, Stuart
Revisions and Celtic Afterlives. This division of essays directs
attention to Shakespeare's transformed treatment of national
identity in plays written respectively in the reigns of Elizabeth
and James, but also takes account of later regional receptions and
the cultural impact of the playwright's dramatic works. The first
two sections contain fresh readings of a number of the individual
plays, and pay particular attention to the ways in which
Shakespeare attends to contemporary understandings of national
identity in the light of recent history. Juxtaposing this material
with subsequent critical receptions of Shakespeare's works, from
Milton to Shaw, this volume addresses a significant critical lacuna
in Shakespearean criticism. Rather than reading these plays from a
solitary national perspective, the essays in this volume cohere in
a wide-ranging treatment of Shakespeare's direct and oblique
references to the archipelago, and the problematic issue of
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