The belief in the unappreciated 18th century shakespeare was proposed at the beginning of the 19th century by the romantics in support of their view of 18th century literary criticism as mean formal and rule bound which was contrasted with their own reverence for the poet as prophet and genius. Home explore shakespeare blogs into the 18th century shakespeare in performance in the 18th century authors began to reinterpret and adapt shakespeares plays through text and performance producing such intriguing versions as the enchanted isle and nahum tates king lear. Shakespeare in the eighteenth century explores the impact he had on various aspects of culture and society not only in literature and the theatre but also in visual arts music and even national identity the eighteenth centurys shakespeare however was not our shakespeare. Shakespeare in the 18th century was not only widely performed and read but also considered and celebrated as a genius and literary hero his works shaped opinions and influenced many science and medicinal theories visual arts music and national identity as well as theatre and literature practices. Fiona ritchie analyses the significant role played by women in the construction of shakespeares reputation which took place in the eighteenth century the periods perception of shakespeare as unlearned allowed many women to identify with him and in doing so they seized an opportunity to enter
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