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Ecame an unlikely favorite and delve into the history of Bollywood where Shakespearean stories helped give birth to Indian cinema In Johannesburg we discover how Shakespeare was enlisted into the fight to end apartheid In California we encounter him as the most popular playwright of the American frontierBoth a cultural history and a literary travelogue the first of its kind Worlds Elsewhere explores how Shakespeare became the world's writer and how his works have changed beyond all recognition during the journey. I m very glad I picked up this book and glad to have the extensive bibliography at the back of the book to continue exploring and discovering new things about Shakespeare in film and theatre around the world I can see myself going back to this book many times to uncover about Shakespeare s influence and how people all over the world interpret his worksSide notesThe cover design on the copy I found was the one with the drawing of Shakespeare wearing backpacking gear which I found hilarious and awesome Oddly enough as I was reading this book the Folger Library s Shakespeare Unlimited podcast which I recommend released episodes about some of the same exact things Mr Dickson came across on his journeys the uotes from Sonny Venkatrathnam were uite different from what was said about his copy of the Complete Works in the episode about The Robben Island Bible which was odd and made me laugh I can see why the episode talked about the widely held belief about the significance and interpretations of the signatures and chosen passages in the Bible but Mr Dickson s interview with Mr Venkatrathnam showed me that those beliefs were nothing than that

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Iously across four continents and 400 years Worlds Elsewhere is an eye opening account of how Shakespeare went global Seizing inspiration from the playwright's own fascination with travel foreignness and distant worlds Dickson takes us on an extraordinary journey from Hamlet performed by English actors tramping through Poland in the early 1600s to twenty first century Shanghai where Shashibiya survived Mao's Cultural Revolution to become an honored Chinese authorEn route we visit Nazi Germany where Shakespeare b. The range and scope of this rather hefty tome has a certain wow factor for anyone interested in its subject the extent to which Shakespeare s works have been able to be fruitfully transferred and meaningfully adapted to other places and cultures on the globe Such an esoteric subject will not necessarily appeal to all but that is neither here nor thereThere is no doubt that the appeal of Shakespeare is increasingly widespread globally and Dickson attempts to come to grips with this phenomenon In the process many associated issues eg political social humanistic etc come to the fore and while for the most part they might be raised only in passing the discussion of each issue raised does not necessarily provide for totally satisfactory explanations indeed in many cases they may raise even intriguing uestions in the mind of the reader Be that as it may the very raising of these issues does point to a need to understand just what it is about Shakespeare that appears to be so appealing to so manyDickson s approach is to limit his initial researches to five distinct and diverse locations PolandGermany the United States India South Africa and China Part of the pleasure of this work is that it consists in a kind of travelogue taken by the author to each of these locations so that in each case we are seeing those countries from a modern perspective often enough a fascinating process in itselfOnce there his next step is to try to locate any preferably historic theatrical centres having some records of past histories and following these as far as possible in his limited time to what accounts if any have been kept This adds a necessarily brief foray into for the most part obscure past Where this is not always readily available he conducts interviews with modern day enthusiasts as to what they can recall and how they might contribute to his subject matter This also provides fascinating insights of a kind different to actual historical recordsFinally during his stay in these locations the author will attempt to arrange for him to attend a contemporary rendition of a Shakespeare play and briefly explores the effect not only on himself but also on the relevant audiencesDickson acuits himself uite well in broaching his immense task he makes a pleasant companion for the reader and weirdly while no ultimate overriding reason for Shakespeare s popularity leaps out at us one gets a good sense of what audiences in different countries foundfind appealing about his plays Perennial uestions such as the always perplexing one of how translations of the works into different languages might affect what we might mean by Shakespeare are raised classic cases are dealt with especially in the history relating to South African attempts at translations similar adaptations to local cultural colour such as is found in India and China etc but the overall effect remains the same whatever the problems these issues might raise there is no doubt that the core of the plays the original texts still provide punch and significance wherever and whenever they are produced Also fascinating is the fact that certain of these texts appear to have had particular preferential relevance over others in different locations at different times but why this wasis so is still an intriguing subject possibly needing further studyA final word needs to be said the huge scope of this work necessarily means that much of the political social and humanistic aspects of the various countries visited must be comparatively shallow and it is inevitable that not every instance ever occurring could be accounted for So there are absences This should not deter potential readers if anything it might stimulate them to follow Dickson s lead and explore further according to their own interestsThat being said some omissions might cause some worry Dickson while primarily interested in the theatrical expressions of Shakespeare s works does not and indeed cannot exclude any reference to films of these works and he does provide many examples of these throughout the book Even so I was a little disappointed that there is no reference to the Russian director Grigori Kozintsev s stunning Hamlet 1964 but perhaps a little perplexed that while Dickson does include references to Japanese director Akira Kurosawa s take on Macbeth Throne of Blood 1957 and his take on Hamlet The Bad Sleep Well 1960 but that no reference is made to his take on King Lear Ran 1985 OddBut really these are comparatively minor concerns I would think If anything Dickson should be congratulated on providing us with a fascinating and illuminating excursion into relatively unchartered territory and for being such a charming guide in the process

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A book about how Shakespeare became fascinated with the world and how the world became fascinated with Shakespeare the first book of its kindThere are 83 copies of the First Folio in a vault beneath Capitol Hill the world's largest collection Well over 150 Indian movies are based on Shakespeare's plays than in any other nation If current trends continue there will soon be high school students reading The Merchant of Venice in Mandarin Chinese than in early modern English Why did this happen and how Ranging ambit. I really wanted to like this Honestly It was just way too rambling for my liking There was almost no chapters Maybe 5 In a book this length It s like 500 pages long He just picked a section of the world and sort of rambled on and on about it eventually coming to a point and going back and rambling on about the history back up to present It was entirely unstructured There really was no rhyme or reason for what he decided to delve into For example he spends an ENORMOUS about of time with South Africa and the prison there when it was admitted to him from the beginning that they didn t have much to do with Shakespeare How many interviews does it take to get this across I mean these men are 80 years old Was it necessary to track every one down to tell him the same thing It s not that I don t find the history in South Africa to be interesting but I m not reading the book for thatOr how he spent an inordinate amount of time describing the on going construction of various theater houses in England and abroad and how they were either recreations of Shakespeare s old theaters or replicas of ones he might ve set his plays in etc Personally the building of such things is like so far below what I consider to be the most interesting aspects of the famous bard that it uickly became a slogThis could entirely be my expectations though I was expecting of a scholarly approach to how Shakespeare influenced the world as well as the ways other non western cultures have approached or used this stuff We get a bit of that but not much So honestly take this review with a grain of salt It could be something you ll really enjoy It just wasn t for me personally


10 thoughts on “Worlds Elsewhere

  1. says:

    I really wanted to like this Honestly It was just way too rambling for my liking There was almost no chapters Maybe 5? In a book this length? It's like 500 pages long He just picked a section of the world and sort of rambled on and on about it eventually coming to a point and going back and rambling on about the history back up to present It was entirely unstructured There really was no rhyme or reason for what he decided to delv

  2. says:

    Note I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads First ReadsThis book investigates the ways in which Shakespeare's works have been received embraced and reinterpreted around the globe The author recounts his travels to places like Germany India and South Africa; a Shakespeare library in Washington DC; and a city in Poland where a theatre director has built a replica of one of Shakespeare's theatres not the G

  3. says:

    Worlds Elsewhere Journeys Around Shakespeare’s Globeby Andrew Dickson Andrew's self guide to world of Shakespeare’s well 5 counties at least what follows is my uick single sentence on each place visitedGermany specialists in keeping SP as close to the original as possible good on themUSA competition based SP between cities and towns areas troupes where it's seem prestige dedication fun are the norm India the second

  4. says:

    The range and scope of this rather hefty tome has a certain wow factor for anyone interested in its subject the extent to which Shakespeare’s works have been able to be fruitfully transferred and meaningfully adapted to other places and cult

  5. says:

    This is an interesting and enjoyable book I had the honor to be a guest lecturer on Elizabethan drama to the graduate English class at Kangwon National University in South Korea in 1983 I became very aware of different interpretations of Shakespeare from different cultural language and ethnic backgrounds Andrew Dickson has expanded on the cultural clash and admiration for Shakespeare worldwide by examining it from the perspectives

  6. says:

    I started reading it in spring 2017 and finished it in July also in 2017 To tell the truth receiving this book was an unexpected surprise and I will explain why Last February I attended Andrew Dickson’s lecture that was held at our

  7. says:

    I'm very glad I picked up this book and glad to have the extensive bibliography at the back of the book to continue exploring and discovering new things about Shakespeare in film and theatre around the world I can see myself going back to this book many times to uncover about Shakespeare's influence and how people all over the world interpret his worksSide notesThe cover design on the copy I found was the one with the

  8. says:

    Downloaded this audio book from the library on a whim I might have hesitated had I known how long it is Many sections were enjoyabl

  9. says:

    This book offers a look at how Shakespeare's plays are performed and interpreted all over the world I enjoyed the glimpses into life in faraway places such as India China and South Africa I also enjoyed all the new ways of looking at such familiar works The author did a lot of research and travel which is great but it also meant that the book was rather long and felt somewhat tedious to read at some pointsI received this

  10. says:

    Okay Goodreads This is the SECOND book in the last few weeks on which I wrote and saved that you have eatenSorry to anyone who wants a detailed review there are not enough days left in my life to re write this suffice to say that it's terrific or I wouldn't have given it 4 stars Also sorry because I think many of you would have enjoyed my review Ah well

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