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Chapter 6 - Travels

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 December 2015

Paul Franssen
Affiliation:
Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Fictions of Shakespeare travelling abroad tend to appropriate him for some national discourse or other. In this chapter, I focus on three destinations. As for visits to the Americas, these are only journeys of the mind. Shakespeare often shows an interest in the colonisation of the new world, as in The Tempest, but never goes there himself, basing his writings on other people’s stories. In the context of the Anglo-Saxon entente between the USA and Britain, he becomes an honorary proto-American who celebrates American democratic and egalitarian values in his works without ever setting foot there personally. Italy, by contrast, often features as a genuine travel destination, the issue being cultural exchange: Shakespeare takes over elements from the ancient culture of Italy, in the context of a transfer of Empire from the Mediterranean to the North Sea basin. This, in turn, sometimes adumbrates a further power transfer from Europe to America in the twentieth century. Lastly, fictions of Shakespeare’s contact with Spain tend to focus on political rivalry between the two former colonial powers, often embodied in artistic rivalry between Shakespeare and his Spanish contemporary Cervantes.
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Shakespeare's Literary Lives
The Author as Character in Fiction and Film
, pp. 195 - 227
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2016

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  • Travels
  • Paul Franssen, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Book: Shakespeare's Literary Lives
  • Online publication: 18 December 2015
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781316410851.007
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  • Paul Franssen, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Book: Shakespeare's Literary Lives
  • Online publication: 18 December 2015
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781316410851.007
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  • Travels
  • Paul Franssen, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Book: Shakespeare's Literary Lives
  • Online publication: 18 December 2015
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781316410851.007
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