Posted By Roger Stritmatter on May 22, 2016
Posted By Roger Stritmatter on May 21, 2016
As we all know, it unleashed the potential for communication and conversation across distances, language barriers, and many other factors of both space and time.
Its always seemed to me a good rule of thumb that having passionate discussion is be preferred over listening to a dull or uninformed speaker, or worse yet, a speaker who is both dull and uninformed, as sometimes happens when orthodox “Shakespeareans” decide to give public lectures without much advance preparation on the theory that what’s good enough to convince themselves is good enough to convince anyone. From that point of view, we are lucky to have the internet as a new venue for inquiry as well as socializing. (more…)
Posted By Roger Stritmatter on April 17, 2016
Here’s my Amazon review of Cutler’s impressive and eruditely comedic “Crackpot’s View” book.
After Steve Steinburg’s hard-hitting I Come To Bury Shaksper: A Deconstruction of the Fable of the Stratfordian Shake-speare and the Supporting Scholarship, Cutler’s volume is perhaps the strongest application of uncompromising post-Stratfordian logic to expose the contradictory and inconclusive arguments set forth to support the traditional bardography as promulgated by the Shakespearean establishment and its online shock troops, which are of course always well represented on Amazon reviews. More at Amazon.
Posted By Roger Stritmatter on April 10, 2016
For at least two centuries after his death, the author of the Shakespearean plays was still regarded as a monster by the conventional literary critics, almost all of whom espoused notions of classical form and genre as paramount aesthetic considerations and a requirement for good art.
Shakespeare’s Gothic influence, his defiance of genre, his profound insight into human psychology and sympathy for the outcast, his readiness to inter-fuse the comic with the tragic, all somehow counted against him among the literary cognoscenti. He was a monster. Who else but a monster would subject his audiences to laughter in the middle of King Lear or Macbeth, or not see that nature had ordained Cordelia to marry Kent?
But the literary evidence suggests that in another, parallel sense, Shakespeare had been monster from the start.
In an age still highly conscious of the history of words, when English intellectuals patrolled the boundaries between English and other languages quite faithfully to prevent unduly combining elements of one language with another, which was felt to be a kind of linguistic miscegenation, coining your words too creatively could get you in trouble. It was one thing to be enriched by words from another language – 16th century England, especially during the last years of Elizabeth, was a veritable love-fest from that of view. (more…)
Posted By Roger Stritmatter on April 3, 2016
During the 1990s, when I was writing my dissertation on the de Vere Bible as a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts, the process of completing the dissertation was made much more dramatic by the academic flutterbug, Dr. David Kathman, a PhD in linguistics who works
as a stockbroker in financial services. [after writing this I was informed that Dr. Kathman objected to being called a stockbroker. According to his most recent Linked In profile, Kathman is a “Mutual Fund Analyst at Morningstar” – 4/18/16].
Here was a man who by his own declaration was practically born knowing it was his mission to destroy Shakespeare heresy!
Kathman took it upon himself, without ever meeting me and knowing almost nothing of my scholarship, real opinions on authorship, or plans for the future, without knowing the character or intent or progress of my research, and indeed almost without knowing anything at all, it might seem, about the subjects at issue, to make several phone calls to my committee members to dissuade them from supporting my inquiry.
There were many challenges in completing the dissertation, and after more ten years of work (which also involved writing drafts of several other major papers, most of which have since been published in venues like the University of Tennessee Law Review, Critical Survey, The New England Review, and other reasonably high impact journals in three different academic disciplines (literature, law, and psychology) I was by the end in danger of being labeled a perpetual student and sent home for non-completion of the PhD. But none of these obstacles was quite as obnoxious as Dr. Kathman’s meddlesome insinuations, which routinely illustrated former Folger Educations Direct Richmond Crinkley’s observation that authorship orthodoxy is characteristically perpetuated by “a bizarre form of mutant racism.”
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).