British Journal of Canadian Studies

'Excuse Me While I Turn this Upside-Down': Three Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare

British Journal of Canadian Studies (2007), 20, (1), 123–142.

Abstract

By examining three recent theatrical adaptations of Shakespeare by three Canadian authors (Ann-Marie MacDonald, Margaret Clarke and Djanet Sears), this article discusses the ways in which the plays re-write and re-appropriate Shakespeare for contemporary postcolonial North America, in defiance of the conservative Bard constructed by Ontario's Stratford Festival. This article demonstrates how, despite their superficial differences in focus, all three plays share a concern with interrogating the complexities of class, sexuality and politics, and explore themes – victimhood and survival – that are often portrayed as central to much Canadian literature.

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Harrington, Louise