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Shakespeare’s myriad-minded stage: Propositional spaces of cultural hybridity

Drábek, Pavel




Shakespeare's Myriad-Minded Stage: Propositional Spaces of Cultural Hybridity The concept of hybridity is predicated on an assumed notion of purity, fixity or clarity. Arguably, this is profoundly ingrained in logocentric epistemologies that assert such cultural constructs as the unity of a text, authorship, ownership, or an identity of sorts. Martin Procházka's and Zoltán Márkus's essays in this issue theorise the complexities and faultlines of Shakespearean hybridities and the queestions of appropriation and appropriability in a textual and authorial sense (Procházka), and in a cultural and specifically postcolonial one (Márkus). Complementing their approaches, this essay aims at capturing a different type of hybridity – one that takes place in the very moment of performance in the act of the audience's perception and understanding the play. On the example of Shakespeare's plays, this essay addresses the question of (i) truth value and fiction in performance, elaborating on the notion of theatrical reality; (ii) the propositionality of the stage as a space and as action; and (iii) the shift in performance as an oral medium from logocentric textuality to social interaction arguing that the epistemic basis of performance is not the spoken word but human interaction as social facts. This approach introduces hybridities of a different kind.


Drábek, P. (2019). Shakespeare’s myriad-minded stage: Propositional spaces of cultural hybridity. Cahiers Élisabéthains: A Biannual Journal of English Renaissance Studies, 99(1), 45-55.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 20, 2018
Online Publication Date Apr 12, 2019
Publication Date Jul 1, 2019
Deposit Date Jul 26, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jul 27, 2018
Journal Cahiers Élisabéthains: A Journal of English Renaissance Studies
Print ISSN 0184-7678
Electronic ISSN 2054-4715
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 99
Issue 1
Pages 45-55
Series Title Anatomizing Shakespeare
Series Number 97
Series ISSN 0184-7678
Keywords Adaptation; Translation; Theatrical reality; Shakespeare in performance; Propositionality; Theatre theory
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Copyright Statement This accepted manuscript version ©2018 The author


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