Shakespeare wrote at a unique historical turning point: the world was understood through poetry -- rather than through the science of observing it. In Shakespeare Beyond Science: When Poetry Was the World, Sky Gilbert's radical new research locates Shakespeare as a disciple of the Greek rhetorician Hermogenes, and a student of the Neo-Platonist Johannes Sturm. No, not just another ‘interpretation' of the meaning of Shakespeare's work. Instead, a radical approach to Shakespeare as magician and rhetorician, as 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.
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 Globe and Mail
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 Toronto Star
Sky Gilbert's second feature is a step up the professional ladder from his first- Variety
It is the best book I’ve read this year, one of the most interesting books I’ve ever encountered.- Alexander Waugh, author of The House of Wittgenstein, Barcza
Gilbert has a real gift for explaining complicated intellectual ideas with conviction and clarity, and for keeping his prose cheerful – however deep he burrows. Frances Yates had that too.- Alexander Waugh, author of The House of Wittgenstein, The Globe and Mail
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