Secret Shakespeare: Studies in Theatre, Religion and Resistance
Mallilnckrodt Research Professor of Physics Richard Wilson, MD MS, Richard Wilson, Leslie Wilson, PhD
Manchester University Press, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 326 pages
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.
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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