The Shakespeare Conspiracy
William Shakespeare lived in an era of conspiracy. Plots were laid against both the monarchs who reigned during Shakespeare’s lifetime and his plays depict conspiracies both murderous and comic. We live in an era of conspiracy theories: vaccinations, 911, and even the shape of our planet have been subject to elaborate and often paranoid belief systems. Shakespeare himself, unique among world authors, is the subject of such a conspiracy theory. The contrast between that theory and the conspiracies in Shakespeare’s age and plays can, I will argue, provide insight into the rhetoric and strategies of the modern conspiratorial imagination.
Dr. Paul Budra
Paul Budra is professor of English at SFU where he teaches Shakespeare and early modern literature. He has published six books and numerous articles on Renaissance literature and contemporary popular culture. He is a past chair of the English Department, a former Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and he has served as the president of the Pacific Northwest Renaissance Society. He is the winner of the SFU Excellence in Teaching Award for 2004 and he is the director of SFU Publications. Dr. Budra delivers a series of public lectures at Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach Shakespeare festival every summer.
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Shadbolt Centre for the Arts is located at 6450 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby BC, and is located a brief walk from numerous bus stops.
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