By M. Kostihová
Utilizing themed functionality studies and vast interviews with theatre professionals, this e-book explores how Shakespeare's 'cultural capital' has been evoked within the reinvention of a post-communist kingdom opposed to a backdrop of political tensions surrounding the ascendance of crucial and japanese Europe to the ecu Union.
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Paradoxically, Shakespearean scholars in Japan who are truly aware of the excellence of Kabuki and other theatrical traditions of their country are . . gifted with a particular deep insight into the timeless value of Shakespeare’s drama as theatre art, and therefore have become more interested in the unalloyed, definitive representation of genuine human passion or true vital force to which each of Shakespeare’s plays is originally meant to give exhaustive expression. : 7–8) Fujita’s rhetoric exemplifies a larger competitive discourse of nationalistic Shakespeare appropriation where the capital of ‘true’ Shakespeare parallels competitive cultural achievement, which subsequently lays claim to political and economic capital on a global scale.
Thus there has to be free movement of goods, services and capital in central and eastern Europe, but the EU is not going to allow free movement of people from east to west immediately (even though free movement of workers is one of the four freedoms 24 Shakespeare in Transition of the Single Market). State aid has to be limited according to EU rules, without the laxity that has been allowed to German Länder or declining industries throughout the EU. National subsidies to agriculture must be reduced, but east European farmers are not guaranteed access to the major Common Agricultural Policy funds.
Historian Robin Okey additionally cites staggering regional drops in birthrates as an ‘extreme form of belt-tightening’; the eradication of the middle class materially descending to near-poverty; youth unemployment; skyrocketing crime; slashes to healthcare funding to 10 per cent of EU levels in Poland, for instance; a crisis in the drug supply; and a decrease in cultural consumption and research (Okey, 2004: 124). Heavy industries and agriculture, being prime targets for privatization, were intensely affected by the downsizing and dislocation of the labour force, creating a further binary opposition between relatively affluent, service-industry oriented large urban areas and rural agricultural regions, as well as satellite cities built around individual, now faltering or eradicated industries.
Shakespeare in Transition: Political Appropriations in the Postcommunist Czech Republic by M. Kostihová