Secret Shakespeare: Studies in Theatre, Religion and Resistance

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Manchester University Press, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 326 pages
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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.

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total, total shit.. at least the part about clapham and venus..

Contents

Introduction
1
Wrapped in a players hide Shakespeares secret history
10
Ghostly fathers Shakeshafte and the Jesuits
44
Secret as a dumb man Two comedies of Italy and the genesis of secrecy
71
No news but the old news Shakespeare and the tragedy of Arden
104
A bloody question The politics of Venus and Adonis
126
Love in idleness The stripping of the altars in A Midsummer Nights Dream
144
Dyed in mummy Othello and the mulberries
155
Voyage to Tunis New history and the old world of The Tempest
206
Unseasonable laughter The context of Cardenio
230
The statue of our queen Shakespeares open secret
246
A Winters tale King Lear in the Pennines
271
Epilogue
294
Bibliography
301
Index
319
Copyright

The pilots thumb Macbeth and the martyrs
186

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Richard Wilson is Professor of Renaissance Literature in the Department of English at the University of Lancaster.

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