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Shakespeare in the Romanian Cultural Memory

Shakespeare in the Romanian Cultural Memory

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Shakespeare
in the Romanian
Cultural Memory

Monica Matei-Chesnoiu

Fairleigh Dickinson University Press

Shakespeare

in the Romanian

Cultural Memory

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Shakespeare
in the Romanian
Cultural Memory

Monica Matei-Chesnoiu

With a Foreword by Arthur F. Kinney

Madison • Teaneck
Fairleigh Dickinson University Press

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2006 by Rosemont Publishing & Printing Corp.

All rights reserved. Authorization to photocopy items for internal or personal use,
or the internal or personal use of specific clients, is granted by the copyright owner,
provided that a base fee of $10.00, plus eight cents per page, per copy is paid di-
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setts 01923. [0-8386-4081-8/06 $10.00 8¢ pp, pc.]

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The paper used in this publication meets the requirements of the American
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Matei-Chesnoiu, Monica, 1954–
Shakespeare in the Romanian cultural memory / Monica Matei-Chesnoiu ; with
a foreword by Arthur F. Kinney.
p. cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. ) and index.
ISBN 0-8386-4081-8 (alk. paper)
1. Shakespeare, William, 1564–1616—Translations into Romanian—History and
criticism. 2. Shakespeare, William, 1564–1616—Stage history—Romania.
3. Shakespeare, William, 1564–1616—Appreciation—Romania. 4. English
language—Translating into Romanian. 5. Translating and interpreting—
Romania. 6. Theater—Romania. I. Title.

PR2881.5.R6M38 2006
822.3 3—dc22

2005014324

printed in the united states of america

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To my daughter, Joanna

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Contents

List of Illustrations

9

Foreword

11

Arthur F. Kinney
Acknowledgements

15

1. Mapping Shakespeare’s Globe in a Global World

19

2. Early Translations of Shakespeare in Romania

27
3. Shakespeare’s Decalogue: English Histories in Romania 67
4. Romanian Metamorphoses: Comedies

96

5. Shakespeare, Communism, and After: Tragedies

158
6. Staging Revenge and Power: Masks of Romanian Hamlets 194
7. Romanian Mental and Theatrical Maps: Romances

220

Notes

237

Bibliography

254

Index

266

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Illustrations

Richard III dircted by Ion S¸ahighian at the Nottara Theater
(1964).

76

Richard III directed by Horea Popescu at the Bucharest
National Theater (1976).

77

Twelfth Night directed by Anca Ovanez-Doros¸enco at the
Bucharest National Theater (1984).

121

Twelfth Night (The Kings’ Night or What You Will) directed by
Andrei S¸erban at the Bucharest National Theater (1991). 140
Hamlet directed by Vlad Mugur at the Cluj National Theater
(2001).

214

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