Universitatea din București, Academia Română
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8 / 2015
The Politics of Online Reproduction of Shakespeare
A field which traditionally easily integrates various media in cultural production and research, Shakespeare Studies has embarked upon remediating the Shakespeare canon online, within the digital culture ethos of collaboration and participation and the politics of accessibility. However, an inherent process of selection, negotiation and framing is employed when digitizing Shakespeare works. By conducting a web sphere analysis of the digital archives websites, I will argue that there are three main strategic directions used by formal institutions in publishing Shakespeare cultural heritage online: using high standards in digitization, creating digital environments and new genres, and creating a community of practice and a digital field of Shakespeare production.
Keywords: digital Shakespeare, digitization, digital humanities, cultural heritage, global Shakespeare
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