“‘Let him speak no more’: Trust, Censorship, and Early Modern Anti-Confession”

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This article explores an oddly dependent relationship between censorship and confession. Comparing the way that Shakespeare's fictional villainous moor, Aaron, confesses his crimes to the confessions of real-life villains like the Earl of Essex or, more recently, Ian Brady, Myra Hindley, Fred and Rosemary West, reveals an odd relationship of trust between the confessant and their audience who need to hear what they have to say. The relationship challenges previous assessments of trust expressed by Foucault and Beckwith. The act of censorship, as palpable for Aaron as it was for Ian Brady, highlights the limits of that trust and how vulnerable we really are to violent acts of articulation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFreedom and Censorship in Early Modern English Literature
EditorsSophie Chiari
Number of pages8
Place of publicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Publication year22 Oct 2018
Pages132-140
Chapter8
ISBN (print)978-1-138-36653-4
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-429-40094-0
StatePublished - 22 Oct 2018
SeriesRoutledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture
Volume48

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