Gwynn Dujardin reviews Shakespeare’s Foreign Worlds: National and Transnational Identities in the Elizabethan Age by Carole Levin and John Watkins in the September 24 issue of the Times Higher Education Supplement:
“A lively alternative to the vaunted monograph, and a more focused volume than the usual essay collection, this collaborative inquiry into boundary making and crossing is neither univocal nor thoroughly interdisciplinary. I intend this as a compliment. For it is the juxtaposition of Watkins’ broad-brush style to Levin’s meticulous presentation that brings the possibilities and limits of the contemporary humanities boldly into view. This study courts the academic audience it deserves, yet it might also divert a tax and tuition-paying public fatigued by stories of academic territoriality and often led to mistake intellectual innovation and flexibility for moral laxity and relativism. . . . The disparate entries from two disciplinary “worlds” require the reader to step in and exercise critical discernment. In this respect, with English history the common ground, and Shakespeare a generous host to the discussion, Shakespeare’s Foreign Worlds represents a serious and welcome entry to both academic and public discourse.”
Read the whole review here.