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'This Earthly Stage' : World and Stage in Late Medieval and Early Modern England, Brett D. Hirsch and Christopher Wortham (Eds.) : essays and reviews

Volume 24, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-582X



As co-editor of this collection of essays, Christopher Wortham notes in his introduction that, of the papers that make it up, "a number of the offerings centre on Shakespeare, but a number also focus on his contemporaries". What this can tell the reader of is that the period once simply known as 'Shakespearean' has sprouted heads anew. The world that we thought we knew is now populated not only with writers who imitate Shakespeare, but with those who inspired him, those cultural phenomena which informed his work and, importantly, those people or things which had nothing directly to do with the playwright. If Shakespeare has been canonised in a secular religion called 'history', then this volume shows that we must not forget those who attended his mass, and even those who belonged to a different church (in some cases, quite literally).

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