By M. Kostihová
Utilizing themed functionality experiences and vast interviews with theatre professionals, this e-book explores how Shakespeare's 'cultural capital' has been evoked within the reinvention of a post-communist state opposed to a backdrop of political tensions surrounding the ascendance of significant and jap Europe to the ecu Union.
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Put simply, the metaphor changed only slightly: from being synonymous with the West, neoliberalism became a synonym for Western exploitation. Acutely constrained democracy, in the CEE and elsewhere where neoliberal restructuring has been implemented,5 has served as one of the most noticeable signs of the neo-imperial characteristics of neoliberalism, as scholars of both its theory and practice have increasingly pointed out. In the aftermath of the West’s official relinquishment of its colonies, neoliberalism has come to replace (and frequently expand) the frontiers of predominantly Western economic and political exploitation.
1 The curative metaphors of medicine, bitter pills and surgery so often used by Western economic experts when referring to the proposed structural adjustments within CEE took an early hold. Taking advantage of the disaster-like conditions created by the precipitous fall of communist regimes in CEE, such advisers proposed drastic economic changes rooted, most importantly, in the privatization of state and collective industries (including social services), downsizing and deregulation of the labour force, and stark deregulation of the market.
The field of Shakespeare studies and performance provided an ideal space for piloting such resistant discourse. Shakespeare’s well-cultivated presumed transcendental value has assumed that the much-needed ‘truth’, which is to lead reformist models of existence, lay within the texts themselves. 5 Yet, crucially, though this model – socialist realism against anything else – would suggest a quest for democratic multiplicity, the process was far more interested in an eventual articulation of a coherent (and therefore relatively singular) alternative.