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Canonization of a work of literature contributes significantly towards its survival and celebration across time. Shakespeare, although having borrowed liberally from the sources that were then in existence, continues to entertain both as a canon and a phenomenon centuries after the passing of his Elizabethan stage. His texts, regarded as indisputable masterpieces, add to this popularity. Factors including his colonial context, the scope that the language presents for translations and the several ways in which we encounter Shakespeare too are significant contributors that cannot be ignored. Through the lens of performance, Shakespeare continues to reach us as plays, both well and ill-executed, making it vital to look at what happened to his sources and the inevitability of their shadowing in the process of the creation of the Shakespeare phenomenon. This feature of Shakespearean plays is often used as the proof for a certain permanence associated with Shakespeare, and more widely with proscenium theatre itself. Drama, however, cannot be studied in isolation from its performative aspect primarily because the feature makes it a distinct form.

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