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India

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The world's largest democracy has a rich and diverse culture. Now, it is also achieving more rapid economic growth India's vast territory can be divided into three main regions ...

India

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Ania Loomba

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2015

... . Shakespeare’s plays, on the stage as well as in the classroom, were to become a central feature of the English presence and its legacy in India. As the privileged core of colonial English education, they were used to bolster ideas of English superiority over the culture and literature of the ‘natives’. On the stage, Shakespeare was staple fare for amateur theatricals of the English resident in India as well as for Indian students of European-style colleges all over the country. Western-style public theatres were established in Calcutta, Bombay, and...

India

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The Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation

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...India n m =, 'ɪndɪˌa sp India 7 ...

Keeling, William

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An A-Z Guide to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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...William Ostensibly Captain of the Dragon , an East India Company ship which in 1607 , along with Hector and Consent , journeyed to the East Indies. His journal tells of performances of Shakespeare's plays on the High Seas, off Sierra Leone: 5 September : ‘I sent the interpreter, according to his desire, aboard the Hector where he broke fast, and after came aboard me, where we gave the tragedy of Hamlet ’ 30 September : ‘ Captain Hawkins [of the Hector ] dined with me, where my companions acted King Richard the Second ’; 31 March 1608 :‘I...

Much Ado About Nothing

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An A-Z Guide to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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..., Douglas Seale , at Stratford-upon-Avon in 1958 , in costumes of about 1851 , Franco Zeffirelli , at the Old Vic in 1965 in a farcical version set in late nineteenth-century Sicily, John Barton at Stratford-upon-Avon in 1976 in a setting of nineteenth-century British India with Judi Dench an unusually serious, and wholly credible, Beatrice, and Terry Hands , also at Stratford-upon-Avon, in 1982 . Susan Fleetwood and Roger Allam played Beatrice and Benedick in Bill Alexander 's production (Stratford, 1990 ), and Kenneth Branagh directed a...

William Keeling

William Keeling  

Captain of the Dragon, an East India Company ship which in 1607, along with Hector and Consent, journeyed to the East Indies. His journal tells of performances of Shakespeare's plays on the High ...
Richard II

Richard II  

A: William Shakespeare Pf: c.1595, London Pb: 1597 (1st quarto); 1623 (1st folio) G: Hist. drama in 5 acts; blank verse S: England and Wales, 1397–1400 C: 23m, 4f, extrasHenry Bolingbroke has accused ...
Keeling, Captain William

Keeling, Captain William (d. 1620)   Reference library

Park Honan

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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...Captain William ( d. 1620 ), naval commander . According to an addition to the journals of an early East India Company voyage, the crew of Keeling’s ship the Red Dragon performed Hamlet and Richard II in 1607 and 1608 ; but the document in question is now widely believed to be a forgery by J. Payne Collier . Park...

Shakespeare Wallah

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Tom Matheson

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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...Wallah , 1965 black-and-white film, produced and directed by Ismail Merchant and James Ivory , who have since become internationally famous for sumptuous versions of literary classics. A real-life Shakespeare troupe, led by Geoffrey Kendal and his family, tour India, with the company disrupted by romance, creating a metadramatic docu-fiction. Tom...

Postcolonialism

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Erin Sullivan

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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...a critical approach in literary studies that examines the cultural and political implications of the long history of global imperialism. In Shakespeare studies postcolonial criticism has understandably focused primarily on the former British Empire and its colonial activities in India , Africa , the Caribbean , and several other parts of the world. Bearing in mind the fact that at the start of the 20th century the British Empire Shakespeare Society claimed as its motto a startling line from 1 Henry VI — ‘Using no other weapon but his name’—postcolonial...

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Kenneth Parker

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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...and religious difference is ranged the tangible wealth of ‘metal of India’ ( Twelfth Night 2.5.12) that makes trade worthwhile: Troilus casts himself in the role of ‘merchant’ who will negotiate with Pandarus in order to succeed with Cressida, whose ‘bed is India; there she lies, a pearl’ ( Troilus and Cressida 1.1.103, 100). Finally, not only can the Duke of Norfolk claim that, in their triumphant splendour at the Field of the Cloth of Gold, the English had ‘Made Britain India’; there is also the observation that, having married Anne Boleyn, ‘Our King...

Southampton, Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of

Southampton, Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of (1573–1624)   Reference library

Cathy Shrank

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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...coup, failed. Essex was executed; Southampton was imprisoned for life and stripped of his titles. Southampton was released from prison on the accession of James I in 1603 . His titles were restored, and he was rehabilitated into political life, becoming a member of the East India and Somers Island Companies, and of the Virginia Company’s Council. Southampton’s involvement with the Virginia Company may have given Shakespeare access to manuscript accounts of the wreck of the Sea-Adventure off Bermuda in 1609 , an incident that helped inspire The Tempest...

Europe

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Ton Hoenselaars

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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...and continental European history and literature of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Shakespeare alludes to countries as remote as China (with ‘Catayans’ in Twelfth Night and The Merry Wives of Windsor ) , Asia Minor (home of ‘the Turk at Constantinople’ in Henry V ) , India (represented by a contested boy in A Midsummer Night’s Dream ), Africa (Cleopatra, Othello, Algiers), and the New World (where Ariel’s ‘still vexed Bermuthes’ may be found). Shakespeare also deserves full credit for his creation of imaginary spaces like the Forest of Arden (which...

global Shakespeare

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Alexa Huang

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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...the city-state’s identity: ‘New Asia’. The other key feature of global Shakespeare is artistic collaboration in a post-national space. Shakespeare works are not transmitted from the centre to the periphery, or from merely one country to another. Such labels as ‘Shakespeare in India’ are not always helpful in our understanding of global Shakespeare. As evidenced by the cultural coordinates of such stage works as Sulayman Al Bassam’s The Al-Hamlet Summit , the ‘origin story’ and reception history is far from linear or straightforward. The British-Kuwaiti play...

twentieth- and twenty-first-century Shakespearian production

twentieth- and twenty-first-century Shakespearian production   Reference library

Dennis Kennedy, rev. Erin Sullivan

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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...by Poel, bright frontal lighting, nearly complete texts, and sought speed in the verse and the flow of scenes. A Midsummer Night’s Dream ( 1914 ) pushed Barker’s methods even further; the fairies were fantastic creatures all in gold who looked like gods or fetishes from India and moved with choreographed swiftness. Though Barker and Craig both retired from directing after the war, modernist productions gained force in Central and Eastern Europe under their influence, often using political interpretations of the plays to comment on contemporary events,...

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