By Heather James
Heather James argues that Shakespeare's use of Virgil, Ovid and different classical assets demonstrates the appropriation of classical authority within the pursuits of constructing a countrywide delusion. She is going directly to distinguish Shakespeare's deployment of the myth--notably in Troilus and Cressida, Antony and Cleopatra, Cymbeline, and The Tempest--from "official" Tudor and Stuart ideology, and to teach how Shakespeare participates within the greater cultural venture of discovering old legitimacy for Britain as a realm announcing its prestige as an empire.
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