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On Not Doing for England’s Bard What He Did for Ireland’s Bards: Samuel Ferguson’s Shakespearean Breviates

De Ornellas, Kevin (2018) On Not Doing for England’s Bard What He Did for Ireland’s Bards: Samuel Ferguson’s Shakespearean Breviates. Shakespeare, 14 . [Journal article]

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URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17450918.2017.1421700

DOI: 10.1080/17450918.2017.1421700

Abstract

This essay introduces readers to a little-known 1882 adaptation/amendment/edition of Shakespeare’s works: Shakespearean Breviates by Samuel Ferguson. To date there has been no scholarly study of this overlooked, ambitious and self-consciously Irish appropriation of Shakespeare. It is argued that Ferguson’s work is an irreverent audacious engagement with Shakespeare that tells us much about anxieties about England’s domineering role in late nineteenth-century Ireland, about Victorian doubts about Shakespeare’s moral efficacy, about social, intellectual and literary society in Ireland and about the dual diffidence and confidence sensitive writers grapple with as they meet Shakespeare head on.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Appropriation, Ireland, Samuel Ferguson, Macbeth, Henry V, Edward Dowden, Ulster, Dublin, abbreviation, amateur performance, Shakespeare
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts > School of English and History
Faculty of Arts
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute > English
Arts and Humanities Research Institute
ID Code:39531
Deposited By: Dr Kevin De Ornellas
Deposited On:20 Apr 2018 14:23
Last Modified:20 Apr 2018 14:23

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