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Shakespeare's Universal Wolf: Studies in Early Modern Reification
     

Shakespeare's Universal Wolf: Studies in Early Modern Reification

by Hugh Grady
 

In Troilus and Cressida, Shakespeare's image of "an universal wolf" of appetite, power, and will represented and critiqued the emerging systems of modernity: mercantile capitalism, Machiavellian politics, and value-free rationality. Rereading Troilus, Othello, King Lear, and As You Like It, Grady finds many parallels between Shakespeare's criticism

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In Troilus and Cressida, Shakespeare's image of "an universal wolf" of appetite, power, and will represented and critiqued the emerging systems of modernity: mercantile capitalism, Machiavellian politics, and value-free rationality. Rereading Troilus, Othello, King Lear, and As You Like It, Grady finds many parallels between Shakespeare's criticism and that of such critics as Marx, Horkheimer, Adorno, and Foucault, among others. In particular, Grady points to Shakespeare's keen interest in the twentieth-century concept of "reification," where social systems spin out of control, operating under their own autonomous logic, beyond the reach of the society which had created them.

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"Grady's exegesis of these master texts is nuanced, sensitive and very rewarding..."—Studies in English Literature

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ISBN-13:
9780198130048
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/28/1996
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.62(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.79(d)
Lexile:
1730L (what's this?)

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Beaver College, Pennsylvania

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