Secret Shakespeare: Studies in Theatre, Religion and Resistance

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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
3
Wrapped in a players hide Shakespeares secret history
12
Ghostly fathers Shakeshafte and the Jesuits
46
Secret as a dumb man Two comedies of Italy and the genesis of secrecy
73
No news but the old news Shakespeare and the tragedy of Arden
106
A bloody question The politics of Venus and Adonis
128
Love in idleness The stripping of the altars in A Midsummer Nights Dream
146
Dyed in mummy Othello and the mulberries
157
Voyage to Tunis New history and the old world of The Tempest
208
Unseasonable laughter The context of Cardenio
232
The statue of our queen Shakespeares open secret
248
A Winters tale King Lear in the Pennines
273
Epilogue
296
Bibliography
303
Index
321
Copyright

The pilots thumb Macbeth and the martyrs
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