Definitions

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  • n. excessive or religious worship of William Shakespeare

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the idolization of William Shakespeare

Etymologies

bard +‎ -latry, coined by George Bernard Shaw in 1901. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • When I come upon essays like this one, ostensibly defending Shakespeare from all of his many supposed detractors, I also come as close as I ever do to feeling sympathy for the academic critics who have rejected "bardolatry" and used Shakespeare as one more opportunity to "depreciate the merely literary" (Sven Birkerts) and politicize literary study to advance their own agendas.

    Canonical Writers

  • If Harold Bloom's Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human is a catechism of bardolatry, then this is the holy book, no?

    Again with the Bard

  • I rather fancy the image of Bloom whose essays and books about Shakespeare are the catechism of bardolatry, a secular religion with a passionate following as a blend of Quixote and Lancelot.

    Archive 2007-10-01

  • I guess you could call it a catechism of bardolatry.

    Archive 2006-01-01

  • Obviously, too, the nature of a family-centered learning project as opposed to a more conventional learning environment allows for many, many everyday conversations that are colored by bardolatry.

    Archive 2006-09-01

  • I rather fancy the image of Bloom (whose essays and books about Shakespeare are the catechism of bardolatry, a secular religion with a passionate following) as a blend of Quixote and Lancelot.

    Archive 2003-11-01

  • And you thought it was all about academic excellence and bardolatry.

    "Where's Elvis?"

  • While there is nothing wrong in occasional bardolatry - it shows we can worship people other than T20 cricketers and glamorous filmstars - India is not yet quite clear about Tagore's status in public life.

    HindustanTimes.com - Top HomePage-TopStories News Headlines

  • All of this coincided with a climate of overheated bardolatry in which Shakespeare was virtually deified in the popular mind.

    Politics

  • And the Windy City isn't doing things by half when it comes to its bardolatry.

    The Guardian World News

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