https://www.ajol.info/index.php/sisa/issue/feed Shakespeare in Southern Africa 2022-01-03T10:10:18+00:00 Dr. Chris Thurman Christopher.Thurman@wits.ac.za Open Journal Systems <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning /> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas /> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables /> <w:SnapToGridInCell /> <w:WrapTextWithPunct /> <w:UseAsianBreakRules /> <w:DontGrowAutofit /> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--> <!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:Helvetica; panose-1:2 11 6 4 2 2 2 2 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:swiss; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:536902279 -2147483648 8 0 511 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:""; margin:0cm; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:EN-GB;} @page Section1 {size:612.0pt 792.0pt; margin:72.0pt 90.0pt 72.0pt 90.0pt; mso-header-margin:36.0pt; mso-footer-margin:36.0pt; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} --> <!--[if gte mso 10]> <mce:style><! /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} --> <!--[endif]--><p><em>Shakespeare in Southern Africa</em> is interested in both literary and theatrical approaches to Shakespeare. Its geographical scope is not confined to Southern Africa. Contributions discussing the legacy of Shakespeare elsewhere in Africa, with a specific focus on the Shakespearean experience in particular African countries, are especially welcome. The journal actively seeks to publish articles investigating the impact of Shakespeare in other parts of the world, such as India, the United States, South East Asia and South America.</p><p>Other websites related to this journal: <span><a title="http://shakespeare.org.za/shakespeare-in-southern-africa/" href="http://shakespeare.org.za/shakespeare-in-southern-africa/" target="_blank"><span>http://shakespeare.org.za/shakespeare-in-southern-africa/</span></a></span></p> https://www.ajol.info/index.php/sisa/article/view/219491 Endings and (New) Beginnings: Shakespeare against apartheid, Shakespeare post-apartheid and Shakespeare beyond South Africa 2022-01-03T08:57:04+00:00 Chris Thurman Christopher.Thurman@wits.ac.za <p>No Abstract</p> 2021-12-31T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) https://www.ajol.info/index.php/sisa/article/view/219610 Play to Learn: Shakespeare games as decolonial praxis in South African schools 2022-01-03T09:57:01+00:00 Gina Bloom gbloom@ucdavis.edu Lauren Bates educasions@gmail.com <p>The place of Shakespeare in South African secondary education has become highly contested in light of calls to decolonise the English Home Language curriculum through intentional inclusion of indigenous authors and knowledge systems, and the removal of colonial impositions such as Shakespeare. Yet removing Shakespeare from the curriculum is not the only or even the best solution for countering the violent legacies of colonialism and apartheid. This article argues that a more effective decolonial approach would be to change the way Shakespeare is taught in schools by cultivating horizontal, instead of hierarchical, dialogue within classrooms and between secondary educators and Shakespeare scholars. The authors describe their own horizontal collaboration to produce “Blood will have Blood”, a series of lesson plans and assignments centred on scenes of violence in the Shakespeare set works. Using the digital theatre game <em>Play the Knav</em>e, the programme engages secondary school students in creative experimentation and embodied play with Shakespeare’s texts. As learners access the curriculum from their own epistemological standpoints and through their own bodies, they come to understand gendered and racial forms of violence represented in the plays and manifested in their personal and historical contexts. The article contextualises the project in terms of Practice as Research (PAR) methodology while offering preliminary findings from the programme’s implementation in Cape Town schools.</p> 2022-01-03T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) https://www.ajol.info/index.php/sisa/article/view/219611 Dances in the park: The pre-history of the Maynardville Open Air Theatre 2022-01-03T10:06:23+00:00 Sheila Chisholm chissie@iafrica.com Temple Hauptfleisch satj@sun.ac.za <p>There is a popular belief that Cape Town’s Maynardville Theatre was founded in 1955, and first used in 1956, as the brainchild of the two professional actresses Cecilia Sonnenberg and René Ahrenson. While this is true of the Shakespeare-in-the-Park productions over the years, the use of Maynardville as a performance venue dates back to 1950 and the efforts of Margaret Molteno, the Athlone Committee for Nursery School Education and the University of Cape Town Ballet Company. This article traces the evolution of the popular theatre venue from the first production of a triple bill (comprising <em>Les Sylphides, St Valentine’s Night</em> and <em>Les Diversions</em>) in a makeshift theatre in the Maynardville Park grounds in 1950, to the introduction of Shakespeare in 1956, and ultimately the outdoor theatre of today with its annual Shakespeare and ballet productions. The Shakespearean history is already well-documented, so this article focuses more specifically on the somewhat forgotten role played by ballet productions in that history. The article includes a short history of the original property and the creation of the public park, as well as a full list of the ballets and plays performed at Maynardville since 1950.</p> 2022-01-03T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) https://www.ajol.info/index.php/sisa/article/view/219612 Looking for Shakespeare: The global and the local in Mauritian Shakespeare adaptation and classroom practice 2022-01-03T10:06:25+00:00 Angela Ramsoondur a.ramsoondur@uom.ac.mu Sheila Wong Kong Luong swong@uom.ac.mu <p>This article considers manifestations of both&nbsp; global and local Shakespeares in Mauritius. It starts with Dev Virahsawmy’s Shakespeare adaptations – <em>Toufann</em> (1991) in particular – as a well-known point of reference, placing the globalisation of Shakespeare in a localised (Mauritian) space into perspective via a discussion of language and context. The authors then reflect on the use of YouTube in the teaching of Shakespeare in undergraduate classes at the University of Mauritius, with selected adverts and music videos exemplifying a new ‘mash-up’ form of Shakespeare. Both Shakespeare and YouTube are carriers/channels of culture; while Shakespeare remains an emblematic figure, however, tertiary level classroom practice challenges the notion that his works are ‘timeless’ and ‘universal’.</p> 2022-01-03T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) https://www.ajol.info/index.php/sisa/article/view/219613 Context and Co-text in Bernard Ogini’s <i>Hamlet for Pidgin (Oga Pikin)</i> 2022-01-03T09:30:46+00:00 Odirin V. Abonyi lonextarv@gmail.com <p>This article examines a phenomenon that may trigger a resurgence in the pleasure of reading or watching performances of Shakespeare’s plays in Nigeria: adaptation and translation into Naija (previously Nigerian Pidgin). Specifically, it examines how the Naija translation<em> Hamlet for Pidgin (Oga Pikin)</em> is prototypical for such a revival. The study adopts a comparative approach and explicates how anaphoric reformulation (AR), cataphoric reformulation (CR) and exophoric reformulation (ER) condition the translation’s peculiar lexico-semantic choices in terms of borrowing, reduplicatives, calquing and the like. These forms enter a networked relationship within the co-text and context to bring about a contemporary equivalent to Hamlet. Readers and audiences extract meaning through clues such as collocation, background knowledge and other linking strategies provided consciously or unconsciously by the author/translator. The article concludes that this translation is also significant for its shift away from the cathartic effect of Shakespearean tragedy and towards a comic mode that has greater popular appeal.</p> 2022-01-03T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) https://www.ajol.info/index.php/sisa/article/view/219615 <i>Hamlet</i> 2021’s Outrageous Fortune 2022-01-03T09:34:20+00:00 Marguerite De Waal marguerite.dewaal@up.ac.za <p>No abstract</p> 2022-01-03T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) https://www.ajol.info/index.php/sisa/article/view/219616 Social Justice through Shakespeare: A critical asset 2022-01-03T09:37:54+00:00 Hassana Moosa hassana.moosa@kcl.ac.uk <p>No abstract</p> 2022-01-03T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) https://www.ajol.info/index.php/sisa/article/view/219617 On Shakespeare and Postcolonial Thinking 2022-01-03T09:40:35+00:00 Amrita Dhar dhar.24@osu.edu <p>No abstract</p> 2022-01-03T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) https://www.ajol.info/index.php/sisa/article/view/219618 Shakespeare and “Secular Sacramentality” 2022-01-03T09:45:46+00:00 Tony Voss tony@thehoopoe.com <p>No abstract</p> 2022-01-03T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) https://www.ajol.info/index.php/sisa/article/view/219619 The Informers and the Shakespeares 2022-01-03T09:50:24+00:00 Tony Voss tony@thehoopoe.com <p>No abstract</p> 2022-01-03T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) https://www.ajol.info/index.php/sisa/article/view/219620 In Memoriam: Martin Orkin (1942–2021) 2022-01-03T09:54:53+00:00 Denise Newfield Christopher.Thurman@wits.ac.za <p>No abstract</p> 2022-01-03T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c)