Introduction: Shakespeare and Contemporary Fiction


"Every age creates its own Shakespeare," asserts Marjorie Garber at the beginning of Shakespeare After All. "What is often described as the timelessness of Shakespeare, the transcendent qualities for which his plays have been praised around the world and across the centuries, is perhaps better understood as an uncanny timeliness, a capacity to speak directly to circumstances the playwright could not have anticipated or foreseen."1 Shakespeare certainly still speaks to spectators, readers, and writers in the 21st century—but we also talk back. This special issue on "Shakespeare and Contemporary Fiction" for Comparative Drama contributes to a larger ongoing discourse of "talking back to Shakespeare."

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