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Queen Elizabeth’s calendar muddle
Steve Sohmer

experience [time] seemed subject to arbitrary political manipulation.’ 12 Being compelled to celebrate Easter on the wrong day – when everyone knew it was the wrong day – had turned the English Easter services of 1598 into a theater of the absurd. Imagine yourself a devout Christian in an English Church on 16 April 1598 – reciting the anthem ‘Christ is risen,’ hearing the Gospel’s tale of

in Shakespeare for the wiser sort
Mankiewicz (1953)
Andrew James Hartley

replaces ‘Now let it work’, comes less from satisfaction than relief at how easy it was. If Antony is an entertainer-ideologue, a DeMille pedalling bread and circus in the form of his crowd-pleasing epics and underhand political manipulation, the film can be seen finally as an anxious reflection on the industry itself. Once cinema had been identified as a tool to shape public consciousness, it became an

in Julius Caesar
Victor Skretkowicz

with didactic parable, as Andromana’s successful use of reverse psychology on Plangus is a textbook guide to political manipulation. Like Heliodorus’s Demainete, Andromana becomes a sexually aggressive stepmother whom Plangus spurns. She employs ‘cunning of malice’ to ‘overthrow him […] in the favour of his father’ (NA, p. 218). She arouses the

in European erotic romance