Shakespeare in Canada is the result of a collective desire to explore the role that Shakespeare has played in Canada over the past two hundred years, but also to comprehend the way our country’s culture has influenced our interpretation of his literary career and heritage. What function does Shakespeare serve in Canada today? How has he been reconfigured in different ways for particular Canadian contexts?
The authors of this book attempt to answer these questions while imagining what the future might hold for William Shakespeare in Canada. Covering the Stratford Festival, the cult CBC television program Slings and Arrows, major Canadian critics such as Northrop Frye and Marshall McLuhan, the influential acting teacher Neil Freiman, the rise of Québécois and First Nation approaches to Shakespeare, and Shakespeare’s place in secondary schools today, this collection reflects the diversity and energy of Shakespeare’s afterlife in Canada.
Collectively, the authors suggest that Shakespeare continues to offer Canadians “remembrance of ourselves.” This is a refreshingly original and impressive contribution to Shakespeare studies—a considerable achievement in any work on the history of one of the central figures in the western literary canon.
Published in English.
Irena R. Makaryk is Professor in the Department of English at the University of Ottawa.
Kathryn Prince is currently Dean of the Faculty of Arts and formerly Vice-Dean, Governance as well as Vice-Dean, Students and Director of Theatre Studies.
Richard Cavell is Professor in the Department of English at the University of British Columbia.
Troni Grande is Associate Professor and Head of the English Department at the University of Regina.
C.E. McGee is Professor Emeritus in the English Department at the University of Waterloo.
Ian Rae is Associate Professor, Department of Modern Languages at King’s University College.
Tom Scholte is Professor in the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of British Columbia.