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ISBN-13: 9781498510981
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 02/25/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 286
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Bernard J. Dobski is Associate Professor of Political Science at Assumption College, where he teaches courses in international relations, American politics and political philosophy, including a course on Shakespeare’s politics. He received his BA from Boston College and his MA and Ph.D. from Michigan State University. He is the contributing co-editor of Souls With Longing: Representations of Honor and Love in Shakespeare (Lexington Books, 2011) and of “The Political Thought of William Shakespeare” (special issue of Perspectives on Political Science, 2012). He has published book chapters, articles, reviews and review essays on Thucydides, Xenophon, Shakespeare, Mark Twain, American foreign policy and just war theory in POLIS: The Journal For Ancient Greek Political Thought, Perspectives on Political Science, The Review of Politics, Interpretation, Society and The Review of Metaphysics.

Dustin Gish has published articles, book chapters, review essays, and reviews on a wide range of topics in the history of political philosophy, including the political thought of Homer, Xenophon, Plato, William Shakespeare, and Thomas Jefferson. He is the contributing co-editor of Souls With Longing: Representations of Honor and Love in Shakespeare and of The Political Thought of Xenophon; his work has appeared in The Journal of Politics, History of Political Thought, Perspectives on Political Science, Polis, The Review of Politics, and Bryn Mawr Classical Review. He currently teaches ancient and early modern constitutionalism as Lecturer in the Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage at the University of Oklahoma.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Shakespeare and the Body Politic
Bernard J. Dobski and Dustin Gish

Part One: The Heart

Chapter 2: “The Very Heart of Loss”: Love and Politics in Antony and Cleopatra
Joseph Alulis

Chapter 3: Julius Caesar: The Problem of Classical Republicanism
Timothy Burns

Chapter 4: Who is Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar?
Nasser Behnegar

Chapter 5: Love, Honor,and Community in Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet
Pamela Jensen

Part Two: The Limbs

Chapter 6: At War ‘Twixt Will and Will Not: Government, Marriage, and Grace in Measure for Measure
Peter Meilaender

Chapter 7: Trojan Horse or Troilus’ Whore? Pandering Statecraft and Political Stagecraft in Troilus and Cressida
Nalin Ranasinghe

Chapter 8: Shakespeare’s The Rape of Lucrece: Honor and Republicanism
Robert Schaefer

Chapter 9: Hotspur and Falstaff vs. The Politicians: Shakespeare’s View of Honor
Timothy Spiekerman

Part Three: The Head

Chapter 10: Shakespeare, Timon of Athens, and Philosophy: A Preliminary Inquiry
George Anastaplo

Chapter 11: Taming the Shrew: Shakespeare, Machiavelli, and Political Philosophy
Dustin Gish

Chapter 12: The Education of Edgar in Shakespeare’s King Lear
Laurence D. Nee

Chapter 13: Shakespeare and the Comedy and Tragedy of Liberalism
David K. Nichols

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The abundance of fresh insights in this collection owes to the contributors' uncommon familiarity with issues that distinguish early modern from classical political thought.

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