The myth behind 'The Shakespeare Myth': Contemporary reports, 1592-1640

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This article seeks to recover the original 'Shakespeare Myth', which emerges in three waves. In the first, early critics used a biographical method to reconstruct the man, whose plays form the highest authority for value in a national imperial culture. In the second, theorists used 'cultural materialism' to debunk this myth. In the third, critics now are using a bibliographical method to challenge the revisionist model by transposing the conversation from 'the man of the theater' to 'the literary author'. This third wave receives support from contemporary reports (1592-1640). They present The Shakespeare Myth as a myth of authorial fame.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-29
Number of pages11
JournalCahiers Elisabethains
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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