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“...a great crisis of identification and understanding of reality” : Strehler’s journey through Shakespeare

Nigri, L



S Bigliazzi


Shakespeare’s plays proved crucial in Strehler’s career in many respects as they provided ‘narratives’ through which he could interpret the sequence of cultural, political, and social crises that he acknowledged, experienced personally, and more or less directly addressed in his own theatre. This chapter explores how, through specific Shakespearean plays, these crises – which were both individual and collective – raised in Strehler questions on the nature of history. It also explores Strehler’s interrogation of the meaning of man in a world dominated by monotonous and nonsensical power games from the perspective of a cyclic view of history. Strehler’s encounter with Shakespeare is examined through his own writings as well as reviews and other related material. This constitutes a second-level focus mapping onto the role of different types of narratives in our reconstruction of Strehler’s own dynamic understanding of Italy within the international context over a time-span of thirty years.


Nigri, L. (2020). “...a great crisis of identification and understanding of reality” : Strehler’s journey through Shakespeare. In S. Bigliazzi (Ed.), Shakespeare and Crisis: An Italian Narrative (149-174). John Benjamins

Publication Date Jun 15, 2020
Deposit Date Oct 15, 2019
Publicly Available Date Jun 15, 2021
Pages 149-174
Series Title Shakespeare in European Culture
Series Number 2
Book Title Shakespeare and Crisis: An Italian Narrative
ISBN 9789027205612-(hbk.);-9789027261113-(eBook)
Publisher URL https://‍
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