Shakespeare Beyond Science: When Poetry Was the World approaches Shakespeare as rhetorician. This means jettisoning the yearning to find the true meaning of Shakespeare?s texts ? as Shakespeare wrote at a time when poetry was not meant to be interpreted, but experienced as a window on the world. Sky Gilbert looks at Shakespeare in the context of the style wars that obsessed the early modern period, placing Shakespeare on the side of Lyly, Nashe, Sturm and the Greek rhetorician Hermogenes, against the new forward-looking more scientific approach to literature, as expressed by early modern philosopher Petrus Ramus (whose followers in England were Sydney and Gabriel Harvey). In the end Shakespeare was a post-structuralist, more concerned with form than content, and confident of the dangerous magical power of words not only to persuade but to construct our consciousness.
Sky Gilbert is a writer, theatre director, and drag queen extraordinaire. He was the founding artistic director (1979 to 1997) of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre—one of the world’s longest-running gay and lesbian theatres. There is a street in Toronto named after him—Sky Gilbert Lane (you can google it!). He has had more than forty plays produced and has written seven critically acclaimed novels and three poetry collections. He has received three Dora Mavor Moore Awards, the Pauline McGibbon Award, and the Silver Ticket Award. His latest novel, Sad Old Faggot (ECW Press), was critically acclaimed. His book Shakespeare Beyond Science: When Poetry was the World will be published by Guernica Editions in 2020. He lives in Hamilton.
"MY ADDICTION is one one of the funniest and most honest films about fag compulsion this side of the Ganges. "- The San Francisco Bay Times"Sky Gilbert's second feature is a step up the professional ladder from his first"Variety?Inspired by Barbara Pym's comedic tales of quiet life in the British countryside, Sky Gilbert's latest work is uproarious, touching, and poignant. ? Carly Maga, Torontoist ? review of A Few Brittle Leaves"The truth is, Sky Gilbert has more theatrical flair in his little finger than anybody else in the Toronto scene. ...It is a measure of Sky Gilbert's theatrical genius. ...." -The Toronto Globe and Mail re: LOLA STARR"A guarded celebration of otherness. ..I am haunted by the line "Dream no more and you shall live for ever. " -The London Times re: TEN RUMINATIONS On an Elegy Attributed to William Shakespeare"Gilbert has spoken eloquently about society's persecution and misunderstanding of non-conformity- and that's a theme that goes beyond the specifics of homosexuality. " -The To
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