Performance as a Historiographic Process in King John and the Winter's Tale
Parsons, Joshua Rhodes
The allegorical representations of authority that reveal themselves in Shakespeare’s work mirror the political landscape of Elizabethan and Jacobean England. As the audience witnesses these reflections they inherently use them to craft an interpretation of the contemporary political and social world. Yet, Shakespeare’s allegorical representations do not simply reflect the political landscape; instead these representations reflect a distortion of reality crafted by Shakespeare. These distortions demonstrate the ability of performance to play a role in the historiographic process, and they illuminate the role of the artist in the shaping of history and memory.