'To pay our wonted tribute,' or topical specificity in Cymbeline

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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Abstract

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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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Chapter 11. © The Contributors and Editors.
Depositing User: Assoc Prof Laurence Johnson
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - School of Humanities and Communication
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2012 01:57
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 01:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: interpretation; Shakespearian plays; subject matter
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200503 British and Irish Literature
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200526 Stylistics and Textual Analysis
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210305 British History
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950504 Understanding Europe's Past
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/22027

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