Bodies in a Car Park; Or, Une Comédie Charcutière: Resuscitating Shakespearian Authorship in Contemporary French Street Theatre


Nicole Fayard


In lieu of an abstract, the first paragraph of the essay follows:

The reinterment of Richard III’s remains in Leicester Cathedral on March 26, 2015, opened deep historical rifts in the UK over the cultural and political ownership of the king’s dead body. The dispute—at times acrimonious—between the cities of Leicester and York was hardly surprising. What was at stake, both in the discovery of these six-hundred-year-old bones in a supermarket car park in Leicester and in the eventual decision to bury Richard in the Midlands rather than his family’s traditional powerbase in the North of England, were deep-seated conflicts over borders and boundaries, both spatial and symbolic, and over the cultural and political structures that maintain and define them.

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