Johnson, Laurie (2012) 'To pay our wonted tribute,' or topical specificity in Cymbeline. In: The British World: Religion, Memory, Society, Culture, 2-5 July 2012, Toowoomba, Australia.
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Shakespeare scholarship habitually scorns topical readings if perhaps for no other reason, as Leah Marcus observed in Puzzling Shakespeare, than because it is also a staple of anti-Stratfordian claims that the Earl of Oxford or some other author wrote Shakespeare's plays. Nevertheless, the late plays are also invariably read as Shakespeare's topical homage to his king and patron, James Stuart. It was taken as given by many critics writing at around the same time, and indeed by Marcus herself, that the division of the kingdoms that confronts King Lear is a commentary on James's own project for union, circa 1606.
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|Uncontrolled Keywords:||interpretation; Shakespearian plays; subject matter|
|Depositing User:||Assoc Prof Laurence Johnson|
|Date Deposited:||29 Sep 2012 01:57|
|Last Modified:||03 Jul 2013 01:30|
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