Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke


282 Pages

ISBN 978-1-137-51834-7

Palgrave Shakespeare Studies

Shakespeare and space

theatrical explorations of the spatial paradigm

Edited by

Ina Habermann, Michelle Witen

This collection offers an overview of the ways in which space has become relevant to the study of Shakespearean drama and theatre. It distinguishes various facets of space, such as structural aspects of dramatic composition, performance space and the evocation of place, linguistic, social and gendered spaces, early modern geographies, and the impact of theatrical mobility on cultural exchange and the material world. These facets of space are exemplified in individual essays. Throughout, the Shakespearean stage is conceived as atopological ‘node’, or interface between different times, places and people – an approach which also invokes Edward Soja’s notion of ‘Thirdspace’ to describe the blend between the real and the imaginary characteristic of Shakespeare’s multifaceted theatrical world. Part Two of the volume emphasises the theatrical mobility of Hamlet – conceptually from an anthropological perspective, and historically in the tragedy’s migrations to Germany, Russia and North America. 

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Full citation:

Habermann, I. , Witen, M. (eds) (2016). Shakespeare and space: theatrical explorations of the spatial paradigm, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.

Table of Contents


Habermann Ina; Witen Michelle


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Shakespeare's enclaves

Mahler Andreas


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Thickets and beaches

Brönnimann Werner


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"the lady shall say her mind freely"

Tudeau-Clayton Margaret


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Hybrid spaces in Antony and cleopatra

Bronfen Elisabeth


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The sea in pericles

Klein Bernhard


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Universals in the bush

Brancher Dominique


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The German hamlet

Honold Alexander


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Hamlet's mobility

Rippl Gabriele


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Local habitations

Engler Balz


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