Skin Merchants: Jack Cade's Futures and the Figural Politics of <i>Henry VI, Part II</i>

Judith H. Anderson and Joan Pong Linton

in Go Figure

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780823233496
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241224 | DOI:
Skin Merchants: Jack Cade's Futures and the Figural Politics of Henry VI, Part II

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One response, such as that Paola Pugliatti entertains in what remains the most comprehensive study of the play's use of source materials, is that all our answers to these questions will be ideological. “We tend to use the episode,” she writes, “in order to support some kind of preconceived picture rather than to interpret it,” that is, to serve as guarantor or referent for some supposed outside to discourse, most usually the political or epistemological function of the stage in Renaissance England and by extension the political (or not) opinions of whoever “Shakespeare” may have been.

Keywords: Paola Pugliatti; Henry VI; Jack Cade; Shakespeare; Renaissance England

Chapter.  9401 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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