Introduction: Shakespeare in Cross-Cultural Spaces


  • Robert Sawyer East Tennessee State University
  • Varsha Panjwani Boston University (London)







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Author Biographies

Robert Sawyer, East Tennessee State University

Robert Sawyer is Professor of English at East Tennessee State University, where he teaches Shakespeare, Victorian Literature, and Literary Criticism. Author of Victorian Appropriations of Shakespeare (Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2003), he is also co-editor of Shakespeare and Appropriation (Routledge, 1999), and Harold Bloom’s Shakespeare (Palgrave, 2001). His book entitled Marlowe and Shakespeare: The Critical Rivalry will be published by Palgrave in the summer of 2017, and his next book project, “Shakespeare between the World Wars” will be published in 2018.

Varsha Panjwani, Boston University (London)

Varsha Panjwani is Lecturer at Boston University (London) and is an honorary Research Associate at the University of York where she was a Lecturer at the department of Theatre, Film, and Television from 2009-13. Varsha’s research focuses on the way in which Shakespeare is deployed in the service of diversity theatre and films. As well as publishing widely in leading international journals such as Shakespeare Survey and in edited collections such as Shakespeare, Race and Performance, she has won prestigious research grants from the Society of Theatre Research and Folger Shakespeare Library. In addition to her individual research, she is one of the Principal Investigators of the multi-grant-winning project ‘Indian Shakespeares on Screen’ (2014-16). Varsha is also an academic consultant for a number of Braisian (British-Asian) theatre and film companies.


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How to Cite

Sawyer, R., & Panjwani, V. (2017). Introduction: Shakespeare in Cross-Cultural Spaces. Multicultural Shakespeare: Translation, Appropriation and Performance, 15(30), 9–14.