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Shakespeare Only

Jeffrey Knapp


Three decades of controversy in Shakespeare studies can be summed up in a single question: Was Shakespeare one of a kind? On one side of the debate are the Shakespeare lovers, the bardolatrists, who insist on Shakespeare's timeless preeminence as an author. On the other side are the theater historians, who view modern claims of Shakespeare's uniqueness as a distortion of his real professional life. This book draws on an array of historical evidence to reconstruct Shakespeare's authorial identity as Shakespeare and his contemporaries actually understood it. It argues that Shakespeare tried to a ... More

Keywords: Shakespeare studies, bardolatrists, popular theatre, theatre historians, popular theater, William Shakespeare

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Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226445717
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226445731.001.0001


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