n Shakespeare in Southern Africa - Cultivating Grahamstown : Nathaniel Merriman, Shakespeare and books




A common and acutely disabling myopia associated with localised Shakespeare studies is their tendency to make his work fill a canvas unnaturally, when the original context is far wider and less exclusive. The effect is to misinterpret the relative cultural weight and consequence of his presence. Shakespeareans are interested in Shakespeare, but that very concentration sometimes distorts the actual cultural relations within which the object of their interest finally subsists. In 1857, Archdeacon Nathaniel Merriman delivered two public lectures on Shakespeare under the auspices of the "General Institute" of Grahamstown.


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