Shakespeare and His Authors: Critical Perspectives on the Authorship Question

Shakespeare and His Authors: Critical Perspectives on the Authorship Question

By: William Leahy (editor)Paperback

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This is a collection of essays by major international literary and cultural critics on the Shakespeare authorship question and controversy. "The Shakespeare Authorship" question - the question of who wrote Shakespeare's plays and who the man we know as Shakespeare was - is a subject which fascinates millions of people the world over and can be seen as a major cultural phenomenon. However, much discussion of the question exists on the very margins of academia, deemed by most Shakespearean academics as unimportant or, indeed, of interest only to conspiracy theorists. Yet, many academics find the Authorship question interesting and worthy of analysis in theoretical and philosophical terms. This collection brings together leading literary and cultural critics to explore the Authorship question as a social, cultural and even theological phenomenon and consider it in all its rich diversity and significance.

About Author

William Leahy is Head of the School of Arts at Brunel University, UK. He has published widely on Shakespeare's History plays and Elizabethan Processional literature.

Contents

Acknowledgements; Notes on Contributors; Introduction: The life of the author, William Leahy (Brunel University, UK); 1. On not knowing Shakespeare (and on Shakespeare not knowing): Romanticism, the authorship question, and English Literature, Andrew Bennett (University of Bristol, UK); 2. Malfolio: foul papers on the Shakespeare authorship question, Willy Maley (University of Glasgow, UK); 3. The authorship question: an historian's perspective, William D. Rubinstein (University of Aberystwyth, UK); 4. The distraction of 'Freud': Literature, Psychoanalysis and the Bacon - Shakespeare controversy, Nicholas Royle (University of Sussex, UK); 5. No biography: Shakespeare, author, Sean Gaston (Brunel University, UK); 6. Shakespearean selves, Graham Holderness (University of Hertfordshire, UK); 7. Shakinomics; or, the Shakespeare authorship question and the undermining of traditional authority, William Leahy (Brunel University, UK); 8. Fighting over Shakespeare's authorship: identity, power and academic Debate, Sandra G. L. Schruijer (Utrecht University, The Netherlands); 9. Mark Rylance (Former Artistic Director, Globe Theatre, London), Interviewed by William Leahy (Brunel University, UK); 10. Dominic Dromgoole (Artistic Director, Globe Theatre, London), Interviewed by William Leahy (Brunel University, UK); Index.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780826426116
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 208
  • ID: 9780826426116
  • ISBN10: 0826426115

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