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Secret Shakespeare

Studies in Theatre, Religion and Resistance

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Secret Shakespeare by Richard Wilson
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Shakespeare's Catholic context was the most important literary discovery of the twentieth-century. No biography of the Bard is now complete without chapters on the paranoia and persecution in which he was educated, or the treason which engulfed his family. Whether to suffer outrageous fortune or take up arms in suicidal resistance was, as Hamlet says, 'the question' that fired Shakespeare's stage. In Secret Shakespeare Richard Wilson asks why the dramatist remained so enigmatic about his own beliefs, and so silent on the atrocities he survived. Shakespeare constructed a drama not of discovery, like his rivals, but of darkness, deferral, evasion and disguise, where, for all his hopes of a 'golden time' of future toleration, 'What's to come' is always unsure. Whether or not 'He died a papist', it is because we can never 'pluck out the heart' of his mystery that Shakespeare's plays retain their unique potential to resist.

Author Biography

Richard Wilson is Professor of Renaissance Literature in the Department of English at the University of Lancaster -- .
Release date NZ
June 3rd, 2004
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Manchester University Press
Pages
336
Dimensions
156x234x17
ISBN-13
9780719070259
Product ID
2013454

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