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Locating the English Diaspora, 1500-2010$
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Tanja Bueltmann, David T. Gleeson, and Don MacRaild

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318191

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317712

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An Englishman in New York? Celebrating Shakespeare in America, 1916

An Englishman in New York? Celebrating Shakespeare in America, 1916

(p.205) Chapter 12 An Englishman in New York? Celebrating Shakespeare in America, 1916
Locating the English Diaspora, 1500-2010

Monika Smialkowska

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the issues of ‘Englishness’ that were repeatedly broached by the celebrations of the 300th death anniversary of English poet William Shakespeare in New York in 1916. It evaluates the extent to which the participants of the celebrations viewed as English and describes how a form of Englishness was adapted fit the American context. This chapter argues that the American Shakespeare tercentenary activists were aiming to construct an Anglo–American identity that could consolidate the disparate ethnic groups in the U.S. while also justifying the nation's increasingly dominant position on the world arena.

Keywords:   Englishness, tercentenary celebration, William Shakespeare, New York, Anglo–American identity, ethnic groups, United States

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