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Stephen Marche, _How Shakespeare Changed Everything_


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0162  Tuesday, 19 July 2011

From:         Holger Schott Syme < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Date:         July 18, 2011 10:15:33 PM EDT
Subject:      Stephen Marche, _How Shakespeare Changed Everything_

I don't believe this recently published piece of "popular history" has been discussed on SHAKSPER. I just posted a rather lengthy review/critique of Marche's claims on my blog, which I think would be of interest to fellow SHAKSPERians. Here's the opening paragraph (the rest can be found at http://www.dispositio.net/archives/368):

It would be nice to start this post with a semi-snappy line like “Stephen Marche has written a monumentally stupid book about Shakespeare” or “_How Shakespeare Changed Everything_ may be the most ignorant book about Shakespeare published this century.” Neither statement would be inaccurate, exactly. But Marche’s book is so preposterous in its claims, so poorly researched, so ludicrously over the top, and so slight that it’s hard to see it as anything other than a bad joke, a deliberate (if potentially lucrative) send-up of the excesses of Bardolatry. I don’t think I’d find the joke especially funny, but at least its author could lay some claim to the intelligence one might expect from someone who was, until recently, a professor at a major US university. Taking this book at face value seems almost impossible to me.

All the best,
Holger

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