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La dette peut-elle être remboursée ? Shakespeare et le motif de la dette, du matériel au spirituel, vers les sources antiques insulaires.

Abstract : The following study deals with the debt theme linked to William Shakespeare and his medieval sources. Starting from the objective, material, monetary aspect, the aim is to explore various facets of the theme and reach the subjective, immaterial, spiritual sphere in order to acknowledge a debt that has not yet been settled and return its voice to a culture which merely shows on the surface of the text, but whose presence is undeniable: the so-called « Celtic » culture. The medieval texts assure a firm link between Classic Antiquity, the « Celtic » culture and Shakespeare. With archeological data, they are the only representatives from the past to have reached us and to enable an insight into this concealed culture. The present paper evokes The Merchant of Venice and two of its sources, the Cursor Mundi, a 14th century Northumbrian poem (Fairfax MS 14, Bodleian Library) and the Gesta Romanorum (13th century, Harl. MS 7333). It also visits some of the motifs present in the Arthurian matter as a way to attain « Celtic » antiquity, itself examined here via King Lear and Macbeth. The point is to determine the type of debt the author has contracted towards his sources, and to acknowledge it.
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Céline Savatier-Lahondès. La dette peut-elle être remboursée ? Shakespeare et le motif de la dette, du matériel au spirituel, vers les sources antiques insulaires.. E-CRINI - La revue électronique du Centre de Recherche sur les Identités Nationales et l'Interculturalité , Editions du CRINI, 2017. ⟨hal-01908798⟩

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