Like Old Hamlet’s Ghost, William Shakespeare has survived his own death as well as the “death of the author” to emerge as a seemingly immortal figure in his own right. The spectral persistence of the Bard in modern Anglophone culture has been discussed at length by Stephen Greenblatt, Gary Taylor, Douglas Lanier, and many others, who argue that the appearance of Shakespeare as a character in other literary works usually signals nostalgia for 19th century notions of the author as Romantic genius, personal wellspring of the narratives that have captivated centuries of readers. His presence represents the authority and authenticity of the human imagination.
|Journal||Selected Papers of the Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference|
|State||Published - Feb 2016|