Not often I find an article about Shakespeare worth sharing here, but this one strikes me as quite good, offering not just a broad survey of Shakespeare's international influences but also a few appropriately stinging shots against Historicism and its cluckingly reductive parochialism. The author's especially right about Shakespeare's translation in non-English cultures, especially in Japan, China and India.
Historicism, I'd glibly suggest, grew up around the question of how to isolate Shakespeare and keep him from contaminating other branches of literary and cultural study. Or, more accurately, to cut him down to size; the only thing historicists despise more than the notion of universality is the notion of great or titanic figures. Except, of course, when it comes to Stephen Greenblatt.
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