• ‘Bardwashing’ Shakespeare: Food Justice, Enclosure, and the Poaching Poet

    Author(s):
    Kevin A. Quarmby (see profile)
    Date:
    2015
    Group(s):
    LLC Shakespeare
    Subject(s):
    Shakespeare and early modern drama, History of Shakespearean criticism, Shakespeare
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Shakespeare's biography, William Shakespeare
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/5f6j-b187
    Abstract:
    In As You Like It, Shakespeare glorifies the social bandits that survive in the Forest of Arden, likening them to Robin Hood outlaws. Near-contemporary pseudo-biographies also record Shakespeare’s early life as a poacher and youthful renegade. Shakespeare’s play might suggest his advocacy of food sovereignty and social justice, a romanticized image supported by later historiographies. Surprisingly, however, Shakespeare’s true personality as shrewd, ruthless, opportunistic, land-grabbing businessman is subsumed by the weight of later “Bardwashing” bardolatry. This paper interrogates the populist iconography of Shakespeare, and questions his reinvention as a local celebrity and Robin Hood eco-champion, rather than aggressive capitalist exploiting the food justice rights of his hometown community.
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