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Shakespeare in Swahililand : in search of a global poet

Author: Edward Wilson-Lee
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Beginning with Victorian-era expeditions in which the Complete Works of Shakespeare were often the sole reading material carried into the interior of the continent, the Bard became a vital touchstone both for colonizers and the colonized. His plays were printed by liberated slaves as some of the first texts in Swahili, were performed by Indian laborers while they built the Uganda railroad, were used to argue for  Read more...
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Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edward Wilson-Lee
ISBN: 9780374262075 0374262071 9780374714444 0374714444
OCLC Number: 932577502
Description: xvi, 288 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Prelude --
Beauty out of place. The Lake Regions: Shakespeare and the explorers --
Zanzibar: Shakespeare and the slaveboy printworks --
Interlude: the Swahili Coast: player-kings of Eastern Africa --
Mombasa: Shakespeare, bard of the railroad --
Nairobi: Expats, emigrés and exile --
Kampala: Shakespeare at school, at war and in prison --
Dar Es Salaam: Shakespeare in power --
Addis Ababa: Shakespeare and the lion of Judah --
Pan Africa: Shakespeare in the Cold War --
Juba: Shakespeare, civil war and reconstruction.
Responsibility: Edward Wilson-Lee.

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Beginning with Victorian-era expeditions in which the Complete Works of Shakespeare were often the sole reading material carried into the interior of the continent, the Bard became a vital touchstone both for colonizers and the colonized. His plays were printed by liberated slaves as some of the first texts in Swahili, were performed by Indian laborers while they built the Uganda railroad, were used to argue for native rights, and were translated by intellectuals, revolutionaries, and independence-movement leaders. Wilson-Lee tallies Shakespeare's unlikely yet profound emergence and continued presence in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, and South Sudan, and discovers overwhelming evidence that Shakespeare's works provide a key insight into cultural development throughout the region. -- Adapted from jacket flap.

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