The Land of Yesterday
Original title: Gisterland
A feminist approach of the life of Anne Hathaway
In November 1582, Anne Hathaway and William Shakespeare marry. Anne, a young and self-confident woman raised at a farm near Stratford, is carrying William’s child. William, eight years her junior, is trying to make a living out of trivial jobs, but longs for the stage. Thanks to their marriage, they’re both starting to take control over their individual futures.
Imme Dros shapes Anne and Will’s shared life in an incredibly creative way. Anne is imagined as a major influence on Will’s work as a writer. With her he works on his initial ideas for his plays, such as The Taming of the Shrew, and she encourages him to freely follow his ambitions. While he is away to London, Anne successfully develops a business of her own in Stratford.
Near the end of his life, Shakespeare states in his will: ‘Item, I give unto my wife my second best bed with the furniture.’ But what this phrase means exactly, remains uncertain. Imme Dros refuses to go along with existing theories about Anne Hathaway, and tries to find an answer by focusing on Anne’s side of the story. The Land of Yesterday combines a feminist perspective on history with the richness of language of both the grand dame of Dutch youth literature and Shakespeare.
- English sample available