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Why Censorship Doesn’t Work

Posted By on August 25, 2014

Here is the link to Professor Waugaman’s article, as refused publication by editor Taylor on the grounds of being “profoundly unscholarly”:

Memoria di Shakespeare-Psychol. Sh. Bio. v6.doc – Google Drive

Here’s an excerpt:

This is a small but representative sample of the reactions one encounters if one raises questions about who wrote Shakespeare. This article will bring a psychoanalytic perspective to bear on the widespread intolerance for asking reasonable questions about who Shakespeare was. Such a perspective is uniquely helpful in taking a step back from this bitter controversy, and looking for underlying disavowed psychodynamics. Psychoanalysts have, with Freud, been deeply interested in Shakespeare’s works. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, in fact, coined the word “psychoanalytical” to describe the richness of character in Shakespeare’s works. The few psychoanalysts who have closely explored Freud’s belief that Shakespeare was a pseudonym used by Edward de Vere (1550-1604) have indeed used a psychoanalytic approach–but in order to diagnose the “psychopathology” that led Freud into this supposedly embarrassing error. (more…)


Reinventing Your Very Own Shakespeare Journal – A “How To” Guide

Posted By on August 24, 2014

Professor Gary Taylor (Florida State), formerly  the Jr. Partner of the dynamic duo of Oxford University Press editors of the icronically titled “Oxford Shakespeare” Taylor and Wells, author  – I kid you not, dear reader — of Reinventing Shakespeare: A Cultural History from the Restoration to the Present – and GTE documentary 1992 authorship veteran, has really put his foot down now. Taylor may handle his books with kid gloves, but there’s no telling which ones the affable scholar will throw at you if you, gasp,…..question Shakespeare.

Nope, if the Oxfordians thought they were getting any cakes with their ale, well, you can forget about that now.

There’s a new sheriff in town, and he’s going to put things right. (more…)


Aloha Vere: Folger Library Confronts “Problems” of Shakespearean Biography

Posted By on April 7, 2014

There are a least three good reasons why Shakespearean biography might be said to have a problem and why, therefore, this “Shakespeare and the Problem of Biography” conference of prestigious and much-lettered Shakespeare scholars convened over the April 3-5, 2014 weekend at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC, supported by the current library director Dr. Michael Witmore, and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, might be justified as a public-spirited exchange of real ideas featuring an unusual cast of characters.


Oxford’s Torment: The Latest Chapter in the Shakespeare Mystery

Posted By on March 5, 2014

Guest post by Greg Swann

The enduring mystery of William Shakespeare, poet and playwright, has become a little less mysterious.

It may be that we can never fully plumb the genius of our ever-living Bard, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t muck around in the basement. You never know what you’ll find down there.

Witness: We now have in our possession the long hypothesized ‘lost works’ of Edward de Vere, Seventeenth Earl of Oxford. Oxford has been regarded by heretics and assorted lunatics as the true author of the works of Shakespeare.

This myth can finally be laid to rest. (more…)

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In "From Crackpot to Mainstream"Keir Cutler, PhD, takes down the recent Shakespeare Beyond Doubt (OUP, 2013)

Criticism of Cutler's "Is Shakespeare Dead?": "A magnificently witty performance!" (Winnipeg Sun). "Highly entertaining and engrossing!" (EYE Weekly). "Is Shakespeare Dead? marshals startling facts into an elegant and often tenacious argument that floats on a current of delicious irony" (Montreal Gazette).