The Nazi Appropriation of Shakespeare: Cultural Politics in the Third Reich

The Nazi Appropriation of Shakespeare: Cultural Politics in the Third Reich

By: Rodney Symington (author)Hardback

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For the Nazis, Shakespeare was a major cultural icon, whose works belonged to German culture more than to English and were therefore to be exploited for political-propagandistic purposes like those of any other German "classical" writer. Following an overview of the importance of Shakespeare in German culture, this book's three major sections investigate the controversy over the appropriate translation Shakespeare's plays to be read and performed, the effect of the new political-cultural climate on Shakespeare-scholarship, and the attempts of the Nazis to "co-ordinate" Shakespeare's works on the stage for propagandistic ends. This is the first complete study, entirely in English, to present the total picture of Shakespeare's fortunes in Germany between 1933 and 1945 in the context of Nazi cultural policy.

About Author

Professor Rodney Symington is a member of the faculty at the University of Victoria, Canada.


Foreword; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. The Myth and the Iconoclasts; 3. Stealing the Heritage; 4. The Translation as Sacred Text; 5. The Sins of the Scholars; 6. The Stage as Battleground; 7. Conclusion; Endnotes; Bibliography; Index.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780773460140
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 332
  • ID: 9780773460140
  • ISBN10: 0773460144

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