Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 2, No. 291. Thursday, 7 Nov 1991.
Date: Wed, 6 Nov 91 10:19:32 PST
Subject: Authorship: The Earl of Oxford
Comment: SHK 2.0286 Authorship: The Earl of Oxford
It does make a difference though, because if the Stratford man wrote the
plays, as on the whole I think he did, then what we have infused into the
plays as a whole is the psyche of one who both envies and despises the
world of privilege based on a hierarchical and traditional ideology that
on the whole he defends. If the Oxford man wrote them, then we have the
psyche of a self-satisfied and privileged person who is free to be deeply
critical of the world he inhabits. Apart from arguments based on external
evidence, problems of dating, and the like, the internal evidence that for
me points toward the Stratford man is the number of self-hating outsiders
there are in the plays--Iago, Othello, Hamlet (if one sees him, despite
being a prince, as rendered an outsider by Claudius), Caliban, and so on.
Even apart from the self-hating characters, the figure of the stranger,
after the book by Fiedler, looms so larger than one would think it would if
the plays came from the pen of the Oxford man.