Shakespeare and Authority

Citations, Conceptions and Constructions

  • Katie Halsey
  • Angus Vine

Part of the Palgrave Shakespeare Studies book series (PASHST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Defining and Redefining Authority

  3. Shakespearean Authority

  4. Shakespeare as Authority

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 337-347

About this book


This book examines conceptions of authority for and in Shakespeare, and the construction of Shakespeare as literary and cultural authority. The first section, Defining and Redefining Authority, begins by re-defining the concept of Shakespeare’s sources, suggesting that ‘authorities’ and ‘resources’ are more appropriate terms. Building on this conceptual framework, the remainder of this section explores linguistic and discursive authority more broadly. The second section, Shakespearean Authority, considers the construction, performance and questioning of authority in Shakespeare’s plays. Essays here range from examinations of monarchical authority to discussions of household authority, literary authority and linguistic ownership. The final part, Shakespeare as Authority, then traces the increasing establishment of Shakespeare as an authority from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century in a series of essays that explore Shakespearean authority for editors, actors, critics, authors, readers and audiences. The volume concludes with two essays that reassess Shakespeare as an authority for visual culture – in the cinema and in contemporary art.


Shakespeare Cultural authority Linguistic authority History of English language Law and literature Shakespeare's plays Theatre

Editors and affiliations

  • Katie Halsey
    • 1
  • Angus Vine
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Literature and LanguagesUniversity of StirlingStirlingUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Division of Literature and LanguagesUniversity of StirlingStirlingUnited Kingdom

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