William Shakespeare | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Margo Hendricks

This literature criticism consists of approximately 41 pages of analysis & critique of William Shakespeare.
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Critical Essay by Margo Hendricks

SOURCE: “‘Obscured by Dreams’: Race, Empire, and Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream,” in Shakespeare Quarterly, Vol. 47, No. 1, Spring, 1996, pp. 37-60.

In the following essay, Hendricks examines Shakespeare's “figurative evocation” of India in A Midsummer Night's Dream, probing “the play's complicity in the racialist ideologies being created by early modern England's participation in imperialism.”

“There’s no such thing as ‘England’ any more … welcome to India brothers!”1

In July 1991 I was engaged as a textual advisor for a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream performed by the Shakespeare Santa Cruz repertory company (hereafter SSC). In a camp rendering of Shakespeare's text, director Danny Scheie sought to illuminate...

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