n Shakespeare in Southern Africa - Editorial

Volume 26, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-582X



Readers may be surprised to find in this volume an article by Guy Butler, who died in 2001 and whose work on Shakespeare was last published in 1994. Here I claim a certain editorial licence. I discovered Butler's ": 'The great doom's image'" and other previously unpublished pieces a few years ago while researching material for . For various reasons it could not be included in that book, but a reviewer's comment on the manuscript (notes for a lecture first delivered in 1976) encouraged me to consider it for this journal. One of the aims of is to reflect the changing nature of Shakespeare studies across various 'generation gaps'. The book presents Butler as a representative of earlier generations of South African Shakespeare teachers, theatre-makers and scholars, placing his work in dialogue with that of current Shakespeareans and attempting to discern marks of continuity as well as of disruption.

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