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Wednesday, 29 February 2012
Woodstock and the Invention of the Human
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by David P. Gontar (March 2012)


There is in the British Museum an old and sere manuscript, long abandoned, just now coming to the attention of scholars. (Alexander) It may hold the key to the formation of the modern self. A mere sheaf of paper bearing no title, it is one of a group of anonymous Tudor plays classified impersonally as "Egerton 1994." (Jimenez) It is, in fact, an English renaissance drama set in the era immediately preceding the events depicted in Shakespeare's King Richard II. Scholars dub it either "Thomas of Woodstock" or "Richard II, Part One." We will refer to it simply as "Woodstock." more>>>

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Posted on 02/29/2012 2:02 PM by NER
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29 Feb 2012
Send an emailDeadman

Though ‘the full sense of the concluding line, “I have seen some of your scholars kick up both their heels,” is not quite clear”, one sense, perhaps, is that the scholars have inappropriately been making so merry that they have danced publicly and—given the tendency of Thomas to make double entendres—they may have even engaged openly in sexual congress.



4 May 2012
Send an emailMichael Egan

My thanks and congratulations to Prof Gontar for an interesting extension of, and positive comments on, my case for Shakespeare's authorship of 1 Richard II. My only plea is that we all stop calling the play Woodstock, a title imposed on it  by FS Boas in 1923. It is properly, Richard II, Part One.

Michael Egan



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