Painting Shakespeare Red: An East-European Appropriation
University of Delaware Press, 2001 - 308 páginas
This study deals wih the approriation of Shakespeare for the needs of communist ideology. While primarily concentrating on the uses of his dramatic work in Bulgaria, it places his experience in the East-European context. The bulk of the book is devoted to an analysis of the complex interplay betweeen oppressive ideological criticism and theater practice. It shows how Shakespeare in the theater gradually managed to escape the constraints of ideology and became a strong oppositional voice.
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Página 40 - ... stage, then by all of them, and at last the audience itself took up the refrain. A wave of patriotic fervor swept over everyone. The brave tune of this song grew like an invisible wave, filled the hall, flowed over into the yard and burst out into the night. . . . The song rent the air, stirred up and exhilarated people's hearts. These martial notes struck a new chord in the audience. Everyone who knew the song began to sing it, both men and women; it united all souls, it made the stage merge...