Some Free Advice for BeMore Stratfordistas

Posted By on August 14, 2016

Here is a free  suggestion for aspiring Oxfraudians who want to follow in the footsteps of great scholars like James Shapiro or Tom Reedy.

Stratford is hiring. (more…)

Looking for Social Media

Posted By on May 22, 2016

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Blogging the Oxfraud Revolution

Posted By on May 21, 2016

bigstock-Best-Internet-Concept-of-globa-68957113The internet is a fascinating beast.

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…)

Review of Keir Cutler’s Shakespeare Authorship Question: A Crackpot’s View

Posted By 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.

Shakespeare, the Linguistic Monster

Posted By 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…)

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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).