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The Quest for CardenioShakespeare, Fletcher, Cervantes, and the Lost Play$
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David Carnegie and Gary Taylor

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199641819

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641819.001.0001

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Cultural Mobility and Transitioning Authority: Greenblatt’s Cardenio Project

Cultural Mobility and Transitioning Authority: Greenblatt’s Cardenio Project

(p.329) 19 Cultural Mobility and Transitioning Authority: Greenblatt’s Cardenio Project
The Quest for Cardenio

Carla Della Gatta

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the destabilization of Shakespeare’s influence in a cultural mobility project conducted in the USA, Spain, and elsewhere. Stephen Greenblatt and Charles Mee wrote a play entitled Cardenio, and subsequently Greenblatt circulated various source texts to fund satellite plays throughout the world. Looking closely at one of these productions, written by Jesús Eguía Armenteros in Spain, the chapter examines the interest in the quixotic themes of dreams and reality in Spain in contrast to the interest in Elizabethan theatrical conventions in the Boston production. The inspiration for creativity that Shakespeare as a brand name enables is confronted with Cervantes’s legacy in Spain when the project is based on a subplot from Don Quixote. The project ultimately transitions and decentres authority from the playwrights and scholars involved, and gives it to the characters within the story.

Keywords:   Greenblatt, Mee, Cardenio, cultural mobility, Eguía Armenteros, Don Quixote, authenticity, dreams, authority

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