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Whose castle is it anyway? Local/global negotiations of a Shakespearean location

Refskou, Anne-Sophie (2017) Whose castle is it anyway? Local/global negotiations of a Shakespearean location Multicultural Shakespeare, 15 (1). pp. 121-132.

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Abstract

Kronborg Castle in the Danish town of Elsinore is a location strongly associated with Shakespeare thanks to the setting of Hamlet. It is a place where fiction currently eclipses history, at least in the context of a cultural tourist industry where Shakespeare’s name is worth a great deal more than Danish national heritage sites. Indeed, Kronborg is now widely marketed as ‘Hamlet’s Castle’ and the town of Elsinore has acquired the suffix ‘Home of Hamlet’. This article examines the signifiers implied in the naming and renaming of Kronborg as a Shakespearean location, while also looking at its unique international Shakespearean performance tradition, which spans two centuries. It describes how the identity of the castle has been shaped by its Shakespearean connection against the backdrop of changing ideologies in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and poses questions as to how this identity may continue to develop within the current contexts of renewed nationalism in Europe and the world.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Refskou, Anne-SophieA.Refskou@gsa.surrey.ac.uk
Date : 1 September 2017
Identification Number : 10.1515/mstap-2017-0009
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2017 Anne Sophie Refskou, published by De Gruyter Open. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License. BY-NC-ND 3.0
Contributors :
ContributionNameEmailORCID
http://www.loc.gov/loc.terms/relators/EDTPANJWANI, V
http://www.loc.gov/loc.terms/relators/EDTSAWYER, R
Uncontrolled Keywords : Hamlet, Elsinore, Kronborg, globalization, nationalism, borders, interculturalism
Additional Information : SHAKESPEARE IN CROSS-CULTURAL SPACES: SPECIAL ISSUE OF MULTICULTURAL SHAKESPEARE Volume 14
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 31 May 2017 14:19
Last Modified : 22 Jun 2018 15:33
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/841250

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