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General Reading on Shakespeare in American Life

General Reading on Shakespeare in American Life

Bristol, Michael. Shakespeare’s America, America’s Shakespeare. New York: Routledge, 1990.

Cartelli, Thomas. Repositioning Shakespeare: National Formations, Postcolonial Appropriations. New York: Routledge, 1999.

Dunn, Esther Cloudman. Shakespeare in America. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1939.

Erickson, Peter. Rewriting Shakespeare, Rewriting Ourselves. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994.

Levine, Lawrence W. Highbrow / Lowbrow: The Emergence of Cultural Hierarchy in America. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1988.

Rawlings, Peter, ed. Americans on Shakespeare, 1776-1914. Brookfield, VT: Ashgate, 1999.

Sturgess, Kim C. Shakespeare and the American Nation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Vaughan, Virginia Mason, and Alden T. Vaughan, comp. and ed. Shakespeare in American Life. Washington, DC: Folger Shakespeare Library, 2007. Distributed by the University of Washington Press, Seattle and London.

Wells, Stanley, and Lena Cowen Orlin, ed. Shakespeare: An Oxford Guide. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003. Includes Georgianna Ziegler, “Commemorating Shakespeare,” on Shakespeare destinations in the United States and elsewhere.

For suggested reading on more specific topics, select from the list at left.

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