Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 86. Tuesday, 16 February 1993.
Date: Tuesday, 16 Feb 93 20:13
Subject: Shakespeare and Folklore
From Luc Borot <eli16@frmop22>
On: Tom Horton's query on Shakespeare and folklore
One of the very best books on this topic is Francois Laroque's
Shakespeare's Festive World, trans. from the French, Cambridge UP, 1990
or 1991. The author has just told me that CUP was printing a paperback
version of this work of his.
Other critics of great talent and knowledge on this issue are
David Wiles (Bedford New College, London), Michael Hattaway, Michael
Bristol, who recently published a book on carnival which I do not have
by hand just now. Hattaway edited the Henry VI-s for the New Cambridge
I would not like this to sound like advertising, but I remember
interesting articles by Laroque in numbers 32 (on Othello) and 35 (on
Macbeth) of Cahiers Elisabethains, whose index is on the SHAKSPER file-
server, and others by Hattaway and Wiles of excellent quality in other
issues of the same Montpellier publication. Will that do?