This remarkable volume challenges scholars and students to look beyond a dominant European and North American 'metropolitan bank' of Shakespeare knowledge. As well as revealing the potential for a new understanding of Shakespeare's plays, Martin Orkin adopts a fresh approach to issues of power, where 'proximations' emerge from a process of dialogue and challenge traditional notions of authority.

Divided into two parts this book:

  • encourages us to recognise the way in which 'local' or 'non-metropolitan' knowledges and experiences might extend understanding of Shakespeare's texts and their locations
  • demonstrates the use of local as well as metropolitan knowledges in exploring the presentation of masculinity in Shakespeare's late plays. These plays themselves dramatise encounters with different cultures and, crucially, challenges to established authority.

chapter |13 pages


Travelling to Shakespeare's late plays

part |45 pages

Local knowledges and Shakespeare's global texts

chapter |12 pages

Intersecting knowledges

Shakespeare in Timbuktu

chapter |14 pages

Active readers

Whose muti in the web of it?

chapter |17 pages

William Tshikinya-Chaka, I presume?

Cultural encounter in performance

part |110 pages

Encountering men in Shakespeare's late plays

chapter |19 pages


The ‘infirmities of men' in Pericles

chapter |30 pages


‘… that most venerable man which I/Did call my father'

chapter |30 pages

The Winter's Tale

‘Let no man mock me'

chapter |23 pages

The Tempest

‘Any strange beast there makes a man'

chapter |6 pages


The unruliness of patriarchy