’s creative conception of ‘a decolonized or
decommissioned Shakespeare, relieved of his obligation to circulate as a
fixed object of scorn or emulation in the orbit of postcolonial
applications’. 39 But we would add a ‘devolved
Shakespeare’, a Shakespeare whose understudied Englishness or
problematic Britishness is open to question and subject to scrutiny.
‘Shakespeare’ occupies a place on the global
Performing the politics of passion: Troilus and Criseyde and Troilus and Cressida and the literary tradition of love and history
Andrew James Johnston and Russell West-Pavlov
begins at the precise moment when European imperial and colonial
expansion begins. The Middle Ages is Europe’s Dark Continent
of History, even as Africa is its Dark Age of Geography’. (J.
Dagenais and M. R. Greer, ‘Decolonizing the Middle Ages:
introduction,’ Journal of Medieval and Early Modern
Studies , 30 (2000), 431–48, 431