n Shakespeare in Southern Africa - Shakespeare and Marx, Gabriel Egan - review

Volume 31 Number 2018
  • ISSN : 1011-582X



Gabriel Egan’s Shakespeare and Marx aims to explain the past and present influences of Marxism for Shakespeareans, and to suggest ways in which it can play a role in the future of politically engaged literary and dramatic criticism and cultural analysis. Although first published in 2004, the book sustains its topicality for the clarity of its elucidation and its political sense of context. Moreover, given the ongoing prominence of Marxist or pseudo-Marxist discourse and socio-economic analysis in countries like South Africa, it is appropriate to revisit the text from our contemporary perspective – a decade after the financial crises of 2008. Worldwide, social democratic rhetoric accompanies continual capital accumulation. There is the face-off between capitalist China and the United States; and, considering the murkiness around US-Russia relations, one also confronts the possibility that the Cold War continues, vertically rather than horizontally, as nationalist reaction against globalism/globalisation accompanies the accelerating concentration of larger proportions of the world’s wealth into fewer and fewer bank accounts. Recognising

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