shakespeare’s plays written by a jewish woman?!

I’m a little late on this news but it’s a fascinating idea. Some of the reasoning in this post seems a little far fetched:

Finally, many plays contain allegories about the Roman-Jewish War. In Midsummer Night’s Dream, Oberon represents Yahweh, who is fighting a war against Titania, who represents Titus Caesar. According to research by Professor Parker at Stanford, Peter Quince is St. Peter, who presides over the collapse of Christianity, in the parody of the deaths of Pyramus and Thisbe. When the Wall comes down it is Apocalypse, and the start of a new Jewish year marked, as in The Zohar, by the distribution of dew.

I’m okay with never solving the mystery of Shakespeare’s work but the idea of those plays being written by a Jewish woman is fascinating. Read the post on Jewcy here.

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2 Responses to shakespeare’s plays written by a jewish woman?!

  1. thinkingarthur says:

    Well, this would certainly turn the literary world on its head. Hard to give it much credence, but I would point out that Bassano sounds a lot like Georgio Bassani, author of “The Garden of the Finzi-Continis”, so I assume a relationship and evidence that there is clearly a literary strain at work here.

  2. thinkingarthur says:

    I have to reply again, now that I have ready the Jewcy article. It’s nice to think about all of this, and when you read the article, you can almost convince yourself it is possible. And I guess it is.

    But if you read the article, read the chain of comments. They are terrific, from the believers, to the skeptics, to the ‘you gotta be kiddings’. And the best is last, the commenter who doesn’t think this is a farfetched idea at all. Why shouldn’t Shakespeare have been close to Bassano he asks? After all, like Columbus, Shakespeare was really Jewish (whose ancestry came, presumably from Spain, through Holland).

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