Academic journal article The Upstart Crow

Dear Readers

Academic journal article The Upstart Crow

Dear Readers

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Dear Readers,

I am proud to introduce Volume XXVII (2008) of The Upstart Crow. Building on the 2007 Clemson Shakespeare Festival, the special feature of this issue is "Shakespeare and Tourism." Who or what is a Shakespearean tourist? How does "tourism" or travel figure in Shakespeare's plays? What do Shakespeare's plays have to tell us about our twenty-first century fascination with tourism and travel?

These questions are addressed directly by the volume's first two essays, by Sharon O'Dair of the University of Alabama and John R. Ford of Delta State University. To speak of Shakespeare and tourism, O'Dair reminds us, is to speak of Shakespeare from a decidedly later, nineteenth-century perspective. But given the impact of tourism on the environment, including travel to Stratford-upon-Avon, O'Dair wonders how "virtual" forms of tourism might offset our twenty-first century fascination with "being there." John R. Ford, a confessed Shakespearean tourist, records in his essay the joys that accompany traveling between Shakespeare festivals. The arrangement of plays in repertory makes possible unexpected connections between characters, plays and playing spaces, which produce what Ford describes as "the secret pleasure of reportorial recognition"--a pleasure that comes precisely with "being there. …

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