‘Wide-ranging in both space and time, this richly illustrated volume offers a fascinating, and often entertaining, series of studies of the numerous different ways in which Shakespeare has been celebrated and commemorated over the centuries.'
Stanley Wells - The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
'Celebrating Shakespeare is a timely, engaging, and thought-provoking collection. Building on current developments in the study of collective memory, it offers important insight into the productive relationships between the past and the present, memory and identity, and culture and politics. Simultaneously, it contributes to the ongoing debates surrounding Shakespeare’s cultural capital and the uses to which it can be put. While theoretically sophisticated, the volume is very readable and will certainly capture the interest of students of cultural history and anybody who likes to hear a fascinating, little-known tale from the past … It lays the foundations for discussing other cases of Shakespearean commemorations, especially in the wake of the 2016 Quatercentenary.'
Source: English: Journal of the English Association
‘Celebrating Shakespeare: Commemoration and Cultural Memory, a handsome volume of fifteen essays, ably edited by Clara Calvo and Coppélia Kahn, analyses the way in which commemorative practices have shaped our idea of Shakespeare and have helped create a powerful cultural institution or, as Graham Holderness has termed it, a 'myth'. … this important volume presents us with many riches and is itself a fitting, self-reflective commemorative act celebrating, but also interrogating, Shakespeare and what we’ve made him.’
Irena R. Makaryk