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What William Shakespeare Would Have Thought of Brexit

Tuesday, September 27
12 noon – 12:45 p.m.

Research & Collaborative Study Area, 1st Floor, Boatwright Library


Dr. Kristin Bezio
Assistant Professor, 
Jepson School of Leadership Studies

The ideologies which have so recently led to the UK vote to leave the EU—Brexit—would have been familiar to William Shakespeare, despite the four hundred years between his death and the referendum vote which led to the resignation of David Cameron and the impending departure of the UK from the European Union. Shakespeare, too, wrote about English exceptionalism, an early nationalistic attitude which reflected, even in his time, centuries of political difference between England and the European continent. From the Anglo Saxons to Shakespeare to Brexit, England has positioned itself apart from Europe, a longstanding political and cultural identity that produced Magna Carta, the Elizabethan Golden Age, the Victorian British Empire, and today’s political landscape.

Recent publications by Dr. Bezio on this topic:

Staging Power in Tudor and Stuart English History Plays: History, Political Thought, and the Redefinition of Sovereignty

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