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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, 14.

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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.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 31 August 2017
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright 2017 The Author. Published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-NoDerivs license. Users may read, copy and distribute the work in any medium or format for non-commercial purposes, provided the authors and the journal are appropriately credited. The users are not allowed to remix, transform or build upon the published material.
Contributors :
ContributionNameEmailORCID
http://www.loc.gov/loc.terms/relators/EDTPANJWANI, VUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
http://www.loc.gov/loc.terms/relators/EDTSAWYER, RUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
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 : 31 May 2017 14:19
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/841250

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