Shakespeare, Machiavelli, and Montaigne: Power and Subjectivity from Richard II to Hamlet

Shakespeare, Machiavelli, and Montaigne: Power and Subjectivity from Richard II to Hamlet

by Hugh Grady
     
 

The four plays of Shakespeare's Henriad and the slightly later Hamlet brilliantly explore interconnections between political power and interior subjectivity as productions of the newly emerging constellation we call modernity. Hugh Grady argues that for Shakespeare subjectivity was a critical, negative mode of resistance to power—not, as many recent critics

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The four plays of Shakespeare's Henriad and the slightly later Hamlet brilliantly explore interconnections between political power and interior subjectivity as productions of the newly emerging constellation we call modernity. Hugh Grady argues that for Shakespeare subjectivity was a critical, negative mode of resistance to power—not, as many recent critics have asserted, its abettor.

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"Hugh Grady's Shakespeare, Machiavelli, and Montaigne is a clever, intelligent, and well-written book."—Richard Strier, The University of Chicago

"The core chapters of the book are consistently rewarding and often brilliant readings of Richard II and the Henriad in relation to early modern philosophy and political theory."—Studies in English Literature 1500-1900

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199257607
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
02/13/2003
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.00(d)

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Arcadia University

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