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Title: The American nation and Shakespeare : a study of how, during the nineteenth century, Shakespeare became part of the invented tradition of the United States of America
Author: Sturgess, Kim.
ISNI:       0000 0000 3792 8487
Awarding Body: University of East Anglia
Current Institution: University of East Anglia
Date of Award: 2003
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This work of America Studies provides evidence of a comprehensive appropriation of Shakespeare to the cause of the America nation. While America, "the idea", was established upon an idealised notion of republicanism in binary opposition to the British Establishment, there had been an urgent need to identify accessible symbols that would create and unite the nation forging a sense of American tradition. To satisfy this need, Englishspeaking Americans chose to naturalise William Shakespeare creating an exemplar or, in the vernacular of the period, an "American hero" and promote his writings as culturally important to all Americans whatever their mother tongue or ancestral background. Concurrent with this process, American national identity and ethnocentric Anglo-Saxonism increased, fostered in part by the naturalised cultural icon of Shakespeare. This process of appropriation, most noticeable around the mid-nineteenth century, proved to be so successful and wide ranging that, as America entered the twentiethcentury as a new world power, for many Americans William Shakespeare had become as American as George Washington.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Literature