Emergence, Meaning and Presence

An interdisciplinary approach to a disciplinary question

Authored by: Amy Cook

The Routledge Companion to Theatre, Performance, and Cognitive Science

Print publication date:  September  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138048898
eBook ISBN: 9781315169927
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During the summer of 2017, The Public Theater’s production of Julius Caesar created quite a stir: it seemed to depict the assassination of President Donald Trump and thus was perceived by some to be a dangerous piece of propaganda calling for the death of the president. Scholars, critics—anyone who had read or seen the play, really—quickly pointed out how ridiculous this interpretation was: the play does not go on to suggest that this action, taken early in the play, was such a good idea and things don’t end well for the conspirators. Nonetheless, Shakespeare’s play became ground zero in a political/cultural battle over meaning and representation.

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