Shakespeare, the Stranger
Shakespeare's plays remain an enigma and a challenge. They continue to irritate, overwhelm and captivate readers, audiences and professional scholars alike – and raise far more questions than literary criticism has been able to answer in the course of its chequered history. Shakespeare is not a writer to be plundered ("You can change Shakespeare if you are able to", said Brecht), but nor is he a writer who must be preserved as part of our cultural heritage. The first route leads to degeneration, the second to entombment.In the studies and essays collected in this volume, Klaus Reichert redefines the dialectic play of distance and intimacy that he calls the "strangeness" of Shakespeare.