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Bards & Heretics: Shakespeare and the Psychology of Secular Belief

Wednesday April 24 at 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

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Join American journalist and critic Elizabeth Winkler (Shakespeare Was a Woman and Other Heresies) and novelist A. Natasha Joukovsky (The Portrait of a Mirror) for a salon exploring the secular religiosity behind literature’s biggest taboo: the Shakespeare authorship question. 

In celebration of the paperback publication of Shakespeare Was a Woman and Other Heresies, we will dive into the book’s central question of historical truth. How and why did the theory that Shakespeare may not have written the works that bear his name became such a fraught topic when the evidence on which Stratfordian attribution rests is so shaky?

Topics discussed will include:

  • Leading authorship theories and rebuttals
  • The fictionalization of biography
  • The metamorphosis of English professors into Shakespearian high priests

Recommended Readings:

“Doubting Shakespeare’s Identity Isn’t a Conspiracy Theory” by Elizabeth Winkler

“The secrets of Shakespeare’s ‘stupid,’ ‘grotesque’ portrait” by Elizabeth Winkler

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Bards & Heretics: Shakespeare and the Psychology of Secular Belief
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Wednesday April 24
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
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