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Shakespeare and National Mythologizing in Czech Nineteenth Century Drama

Procházka, Martin;
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  • Published: 22 Apr 2016
  • Publisher: De Gruyter Open
  • Country: Poland
The paper will discuss the ways in which Shakespeare’s tragedies (King Lear) and histories (1 and 2 Henry IV), translated in the period of the Czech cultural renaissance (known also as the Czech National Revival) at the end of the 18th and in the first half of the 19th century, challenge and transform the nationalist concept of history based on “primordialism” (Anthony Smith), deriving from an invented account of remote past (the forged Manuscripts of Dvur Kralove and Zelena Hora) and emphasizing its absolute value for the present and future of the Czech nation. While for nationalist leaders Shakespeare’s dramas served as models for “boldly painted heroic charac...
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free text keywords: nationalism, mythologizing, history, William Shakespeare, tragedy, King Lear, Henry IV, Karel Hynek Mácha, Josef Kajetán Tyl
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