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Becoming Muslim in Imperial RussiaConversion, Apostasy, and Literacy$
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Agnès Nilüfer Kefeli

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452314

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452314.001.0001

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Christian Martyrdom in Bolghar Land

Christian Martyrdom in Bolghar Land

(p.161) Chapter Four Christian Martyrdom in Bolghar Land
Becoming Muslim in Imperial Russia

Agnès Nilüfer Kefeli

Cornell University Press

This concluding chapter considers the implications drawn from the discussions in previous chapters—most notably that Shakespeare's appeal to ordinary readers (and particularly women) shatters the illusion that his works are but the property of an exclusive elite. Furthermore, the chapter notes a decline in club activities, particularly due to the demands made by such devastating events as the Depression, World War I, and World War II. In addition, entry into higher education and into the workforce became more common for women as the century progressed, though the decline in clubs may also be part of a larger national trend away from community activities. Despite this decline, however, Shakespeare continues to function to this day as material for inspiration, adaptation, community building, and the life of the mind for ordinary readers in ordinary places.

Keywords:   Depression, World War I, World War II, higher education, community activities, community building, Shakespeare's readership

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