Authority and Desire: Crises of Interpretation in Shakespeare and Racine

Authority and Desire: Crises of Interpretation in Shakespeare and Racine

by Andrew Hiscock
     
 

Authority and Desire focuses on the complexity of political discourse in a selection of Shakespeare's Jacobean dramas and Racine's tragedies. Particular attention is paid to the relations dramatised between the transforming communities of the governing and the governed in these plays. This wide-ranging study reveals how the formulation of such relations is

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Authority and Desire focuses on the complexity of political discourse in a selection of Shakespeare's Jacobean dramas and Racine's tragedies. Particular attention is paid to the relations dramatised between the transforming communities of the governing and the governed in these plays. This wide-ranging study reveals how the formulation of such relations is profoundly involved with the cultural theorising of authority (linked to the legitimising forces of caste, kinship, gender expectation, sanctification and so on), and with the politics of human desire stimulated by the cultural spectacles of power assertion.

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Hiscock (English, Trinity College, Carmarthen) focuses on the complexity of political discourse in a selection of Shakespeare's Jacobean dramas and Racine's tragedies, with a focus on the plays' dramatic representations of the relations between the governing and the governed. The author asserts that the formulation of such relations in involved with the cultural theorizing of authority and with the politics of human desire stimulated by the cultural spectacles of power assertion. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820428789
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/01/1996
Series:
Studies in Shakespeare Series , #4
Pages:
318

Meet the Author

The Author: Andrew Hiscock is a lecturer in English at Trinity College, Carmarthen. He received his Ph.D. in English and French from the University of Bristol. He has forthcoming articles on Jonson and Shakespeare and is currently preparing a study of imperialist motifs in Early Modern drama.

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