The revival of Rutlandianism in the pre-collapse 1980s was largely based on a melancholy sense of longing for creative freedom and the author’s power over his society, which took the shape of a limitless and unstoppable “game” played by the “real” author. The contemporary Russian anti-Stratfordians’ derisive rejection of “Shaksper the usurer” has grown increasingly escapist as post-Soviet Russia plunged into economic and political turmoil. Ultimately, Russian anti-Stratfordianism can be seen as a tradition that is revived in times of social unrest, with attention to Shakespeare effectively representing a more general approach to the cultural function and current state of art.
Макаров Владимир Сергеевич (р. 1975) — канд. филол. наук (диссертация по поэзии Дж. Донна) специалист по английской литературе XVI–XVII вв., истории Англии раннего Нового времени.