Shakespeare and Canada

Shakespeare and Canada

Remembrance of Ourselves

Edited by: Irena R. Makaryk, Kathryn Prince

280 Pages · 9x6 · March 8 2017

Paper ISBN: 9780776624419

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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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Shakespeare and Canada: “Remembrance of Ourselves”
Irena R. Makaryk and Kathryn Prince 1

“Theatre is not a nursing home”: Merchants of Venice of The Stratford Festival
C. E. McGee 11

Intercultural Performance and The Stratford Festival as Global Tourist Place: Leon Rubin’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night
Robert Ormsby 27

Stratford, Shakespeare, and J. D. Barnett
Ian Rae 49

Counterfactual History at The Stratford Festival: Timothy Findley’s Elizabeth Rex and Peter Hinton’s The Swanne
Peter Kuling 71

“Who’s There?”: Slings & Arrows’ Audience Dynamics
Kailin Wright 79

Race, National Identity, and the Hauntological Ethics of Slings & Arrows
Don Moore 97

Performing “Indigenous Shakespeare” in Canada: The Tempest and The Death of a Chief
Sarah Mackenzie 111

Shakespeare, a Late Bloomer on the Quebec Stage
Annie Brisset 127

Mediatic Shakespeare: McLuhan and the Bard
Richard Cavell 157

Shakespeare and the “Cultural Lag” of Canadian Stratford in Alice Munro’s “Tricks”
Troni Y. Grande 177

Beyond (or Beneath) the Folio: Neil Freeman’s Shakespearean Acting Pedagogy in Context
Tom Scholte 199

Rhyme and Reason: Shakespeare’s Exceptional Status and Role in Canadian Education
Dana M. Colarusso 215

The Truth About Stories About Shakespeare . . . In Canada?
Daniel Fischlin 241

Contributors 263

Index 267


The best of these essays provide interesting overviews of how Shakespeare is performed in this country, particularly at Stratford. C. E. McGee’s opening chapter on Stratford’s nine productions of The Merchant of Venice is particularly rewarding for its investigation of how Merchant’s characters have been made to evolve. Robert Ormsby offers a detailed analysis of Stratford’s “multinationalist” productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night, cleverly tying director Leon Rubin’s imaginative concepts to Stratford’s role in creating cross-border tourism. Among the other thoughtful contributions are intriguing explorations by Kailin Wright and Don Moore of the CBC’s Slings & Arrows, the TV series inspired by the Stratford Festival; a tough, uncompromising, but gracefully written overview by Sarah Mackenzie of Stratford’s various attempts at acknowledging Indigenous traditions in Canada; and Annie Brisset’s fascinating take on the history of Shakespeare translations and productions in Quebec

Graham Nicol Forst