n Shakespeare in Southern Africa - Editorial




For this guest-edited issue of , contributions were invited on the theme of "Banishment, xenophobia, home and exile in Shakespeare and the Renaissance". The general theme offers many ways into the literature and the period, and, if any explicit link were needed, connects Shakespeare's time with our own. While interesting in such ways in itself, the topic was, perhaps opportunistically, suggested by the 'xenophobic violence' of 2008 in South Africa. There seems never to be any shortage of other examples (apartheid deployed both external exile and internal banishment), but it was felt that could carry an individual perspective on the theme.


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