Secret Shakespeare: Studies in Theatre, Religion and Resistance
Richard Wilson, Mallilnckrodt Research Professor of Physics Richard Wilson, MD MS, Leslie Wilson, PhD
Manchester University Press, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 326 pages
This text examines recurring themes, recent scholarship, and provides close readings of plays to illustrate the influence of the shaded, secretive, dangerous, hidden life of the English Catholics on Shakespeare's work.
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This an intensely original book that seeks out a range of Catholic contexts and allusions for Shakespeare's plays. If the style of analysis is sometimes more cryptographic than hermeneutic, the readings are nonetheless always worthy of attention and repay revisiting.
total, total shit.. at least the part about clapham and venus..
Wrapped in a players hide Shakespeares secret history
Ghostly fathers Shakeshafte and the Jesuits
Secret as a dumb man Two comedies of Italy and the genesis of secrecy
No news but the old news Shakespeare and the tragedy of Arden
A bloody question The politics of Venus and Adonis
Love in idleness The stripping of the altars in A Midsummer Nights Dream
Dyed in mummy Othello and the mulberries
The pilots thumb Macbeth and the martyrs