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the idolization of William Shakespeare

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Oliphant's Annual Lecture in 1914 on 'The Place of Shakespeare in Elizabethan Drama--Primus inter Pares,' attacked the excesses of bardolators, and urged the Society to pay attention to Shakespeare's contemporaries.
In "Shakespeare's Surrogates," the second chapter, Schoch examines how these performances "theorized their relationship to so-called 'legitimate' Shakespearean culture" by claiming to rescue Shakespeare from "self-righteous Bardolators, pedantic literary critics, mediocre performers, and sensationalizing actor-managers" (28).
There can be no Shakespeare, especially not the idol created by bardolators. But we do not need a reductive monotheism to tell us that people can be foolish and misguided.
Both authors are, in their different ways, bardolators. Both are much concerned with Shakespearian patterning.
Holderness's collection is dedicated "to the memory of the Reverend Francis William Gastrell," who in 1756 chopped down Shakespeare's mulberry tree and, in 1759, his house, "and thus entered history as one of the great cultural vandals." But at the jubilee a decade later Garrick's bardolators were enshrining bits of that tree, and for a small sum you can still visit the remains of that house.