Shakespeare and Republicanism

Shakespeare and Republicanism

by Andrew Hadfield
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521816076

ISBN-13: 9780521816076

Pub. Date: 07/31/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Andrew Hadfield reveals for the first time exactly how Shakespeare was influenced by contemporary strands in political thought that were critical of the English crown and constitution. Shakespeare has often been seen as a conservative political thinker characterised by an over-riding fear of the 'mob'. Hadfield argues instead that Shakespeare's writing emerged out of…  See more details below

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Andrew Hadfield reveals for the first time exactly how Shakespeare was influenced by contemporary strands in political thought that were critical of the English crown and constitution. Shakespeare has often been seen as a conservative political thinker characterised by an over-riding fear of the 'mob'. Hadfield argues instead that Shakespeare's writing emerged out of an intellectual milieu fascinated by republican ideas. From the 1590s onwards, he explored republican themes in his poetry and plays: political assassination, elected government, alternative constitutions and, perhaps most importantly of all, the problem of power without responsibility. Beginning with Shakespeare's apocalyptic representation of civil war in the Henry VI plays, Hadfield provides a series of powerful new readings of Shakespeare and his time. For anyone interested in Shakespeare and Renaissance culture this book is required reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521816076
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/31/2005
Pages:
380
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction I : was Shakespeare a republican?1
1Forms of republican culture in late sixteenth-century England17
2Literature and republicanism in the age of Shakespeare54
Introduction II : Shakespeare's early republican career99
3Shakespeare's Pharsalia : the first tetralogy103
4The beginning of the republic : Venus and Lucrece130
5The end of the republic : Titus Andronicus and Julius Caesar154
6The radical Hamlet184
7After the republican moment205

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