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Secret Shakespeare : Studies in Theatre, Religion and Resistance - Richard Wilson

Secret Shakespeare

Studies in Theatre, Religion and Resistance

Paperback Published: 3rd June 2004
ISBN: 9780719070259
Number Of Pages: 336

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Shakespeare's Catholic context was the most important literary discovery of the last century. 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. This is essential reading for all scholars of Shakespeare and Renaissance studies.

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Note on textsp. x
Introductionp. 1
Wrapped in a player's hide Shakespeare's secret historyp. 10
Ghostly fathers Shakeshafte and the Jesuitsp. 44
Secret as a dumb man Two comedies of Italy and the genesis of secrecyp. 71
No news but the old news Shakespeare and the tragedy of Ardenp. 104
A bloody question The politics of Venus and Adonisp. 126
Love in idleness The stripping of the altars in A Midsummer Night's Dreamp. 144
Dyed in mummy Othello and the mulberriesp. 155
The pilot's thumb Macbeth and the martyrsp. 186
Voyage to Tunis New history and the old world of The Tempestp. 206
Unseasonable laughter The context of Cardeniop. 230
The statue of our queen Shakespeare's open secretp. 246
A Winter's tale King Lear in the Penninesp. 271
Epiloguep. 294
Bibliographyp. 301
Indexp. 319
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ISBN: 9780719070259
ISBN-10: 0719070252
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 3rd June 2004
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.51