The Robben Island Shakespeare by Matthew Hahn

Show simple item record Coetzee, Marie-Heleen 2018-04-13T07:19:23Z 2018-04-13T07:19:23Z 2017
dc.description.abstract Sonny Venkatrathnam’s ‘Robben Island Bible’ or ‘Robben Island Shakespeare’ has captured the public imagination. The book is a tangible marker of resistance and, for many, an affirmation of the relevance of Shakespeare to a South African context. Venkatrathnam was arrested in 1972 under the under the infamous Terrorist Act and imprisoned on Robben Island. The story of how he obtained a copy of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare and his ingenious tactics to reclaim and keep it after it was impounded, is well documented. After he convinced a warden that the book was a Hindu Bible by William Shakespeare, it reportedly became a catalytic force in creating a community of learning around political thought on the island. Before his release, he asked prisoners in the single cells to mark a passage of significance to them and sign it. Venkatrathnam’s ‘souvenir’ memorialises an assumed relationship between – amongst others – Mandela, Mbeki, Sisulu, Kathrada and Shakespeare. en_ZA
dc.description.department Drama en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2018 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Coetzee, M.-H. 2017, 'The Robben Island Shakespeare by Matthew Hahn', Shakespeare in Southern Africa, vol. 30, pp. 113-115. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1011-582X
dc.identifier.other 10.4314/sisa.v30i1.12S
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Shakespeare Society of Southern Africa en_ZA
dc.rights Shakespeare Society of Southern Africa en_ZA
dc.subject Shakespeare en_ZA
dc.subject Sonny Venkatrathnam en_ZA
dc.subject Robben Island Bible en_ZA
dc.subject South African context en_ZA
dc.title The Robben Island Shakespeare by Matthew Hahn en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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