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Will the Modernist

Shakespeare and the European Historical Avant-Gardes


Edited By Giovanni Cianci and Caroline M. Patey

Why was the Bard of Avon so frequently on the agenda of avant-garde writers in Britain, France, Italy, Portugal, Germany and Ireland? This volume explores the rich and diverse landscape of Shakespearean encounters in the tormented aesthetics of pre- and post-World War I Europe. However manipulated, deformed or transfigured, the Renaissance dramatist was revived in infinite guises: verbal, philosophical, visual and linguistic. Was he an icon to be demolished ruthlessly as the expression of a stale past or, on the contrary, did his works offer the foundation for new and provocative artistic explorations? Was he an enemy, a foil, a mirror? As they cross the borders of European countries and languages, the essays of this book interrogate Shakespeare’s living presence and chart the multiple facets of his vibrant and chameleonic afterlives as no single volume has done before. The exploration of territories situated beyond Anglophone boundaries partly displaces the Bard from his given niche in English culture and retrieves lost or marginalized Shakespearean voices. The annotated bibliographies which complete the volume greatly extend the territory of scholarship and offer a precious map of orientation in the maze of critical works.
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MASSIMO BACIGALUPO is Professor of American Literature at the University of Genoa. He also teaches translation studies. He is the author of The Forméd Trace: The Later Poetry of Ezra Pound (Columbia Univ. Press, 1980), Grotta Byron: Luoghi e libri (2001), co-author of In Venice and in the Veneto with Ezra Pound (2008), and the editor of many scholarly volumes, among them Ezra Pound, Language and Persona (2008), Ambassadors: American Studies in a Changing World (2006) and America and the Mediterranean (2003). 

GIOVANNI CIANCI is Professor of English Literature at the University of Milan. He is the author of La Scuola di Cambridge (1970) and La Fortuna di Joyce in Italia: Saggio e Bibliografia, 1917–72 (1974). In addition, he has edited several volumes, particularly focused on Modernism and the arts: Wyndham Lewis: Letteratura/Pittura (1982), La Città, 1830–1930 (1991), Modernismo/Modernismi (1991), Il Cézanne degli scrittori, dei poeti e dei filosofi (2001). He has co-edited in English (with Peter Nicholls) Ruskin and Modernism (Palgrave, 2001), (with Caroline Patey and Francesca Cuojati) Anglo-American Modernity and the Mediterranean (2006), (with Jason Harding) T. S. Eliot and the Concept of Tradition (CUP, 2007), and (with Caroline Patey and Sara Sullam) Transits: The Nomadic Geographies of Anglo-American Modernism (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2010).

CLAUDIA CORTI is Professor of English Literature and Theatre Studies at the University of Florence. She has written extensively on Shakespeare and Renaissance literature, Modernism (Joyce and Eliot in particular), Romanticism, theatre from the...

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