Perfection, Pollution, and the Truth of Performance
“But no perfection is so absolute,
That some impurity doth not pollute”
Rape of Lucrece, l. 899
For its 33rd issue (Spring 2018), the online peer-reviewed journal Etudes Epistémè (www.episteme.revues.org) seeks articles examining Shakespeare’s treatment of the notions of perfection (or “purity”) and pollution (or “impurity”), understood not only along traditional moral and religious lines, but also, more “profanely”, in aesthetic and hermeneutic terms.