The Folger Shakespeare Library

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Volume 69, Issue 4

Essay Abstracts

Causes in Nature: Popular Astrology in King Lear

By: Phebe Jensen

This essay argues that the Christianized popular astrology of the early modern English printed almanac provided Shakespeare a powerful intellectual construct through which to explore the relationship between nature, man, and the divine in King Lear. Though Edmund’s depiction of astrology as superstitious and deterministic has often been critically accepted,...

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Against Attribution

By: Ed Pechter

Attribution scholarship goes back to the beginning of Shakespeare studies, but its presence has increased dramatically in recent work. When, in 2002, Brian Vickers began Shakespeare, Co-Author with the pronouncement that “No issue in Shakespeare studies is more important than determining what he wrote,” some readers might have thought he was overstating his case, but...

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Book Reviews

Antipodal Shakespeare: Remembering and Forgetting in Britain, Australia and New Zealand, 1916–2016

Edited by: Gordon McMullan, Philip Mead, et al

Reviewed by: David Carnegie

Broadcast Your Shakespeare: Continuity and Change across Media

Edited by: Stephen O'Neill

Reviewed by: Louise Geddes

Shakespearean Star: Laurence Olivier and National Cinema

Written by: Jennifer Barnes

Reviewed by: Laury Magnus

The Lives of Girls and Women from the Islamic World in Early Modern British Literature and Culture

Written by: Bernadette Andrea

Reviewed by: Nedda Mehdizadeh

Black Tudors: The Untold Story

Written by: Miranda Kaufmann

Reviewed by: Noémie Ndiaye