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Humanities Research - Shakespeare and the Public

Curated by

Kate Flaherty (Australian National University, Australia)
William Christie (Australian National University, Australia)

Paul Yachnin has proposed that not only was Shakespeare’s theatre consumed by the public, it constituted a new possibility of being public. Shakespeare’s socially and politically complex dramas played before a heterogeneous and participatory audience in public space changed what it was to think, speak or act publicly. These essays explore some legacies of that world-changing innovation up to the present day in a wide array of geographical contexts.

This collection was commissioned and supported by The Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University, which brings together scholars from all over the world, housing Visiting Fellows and hosting conferences and symposia to stimulate and publicize new knowledge in all areas of the humanities, creative arts, and social sciences. This collection is the first of its kind to be published in Cogent Arts & Humanities; previous thematic issues of contemporary work in interdisciplinary humanities scholarship have been published in the journal Humanities Research, and this connection is preserved in the title of the collection.

Humanities Research Centre at Australian National University