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Shakespeare and the Truth-Teller: Confronting the Cynic Ideal

Shakespeare and the Truth-Teller: Confronting the Cynic Ideal

by David Hershinow


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Highlighting the necessity of literary thinking to political philosophy, this book explores Shakespeare's responses to sixteenth-century debates over the revolutionary potential of Cynic critical activity - debates that persist in later centuries and inform major developments in Western intellectual history. Analysing cynic characterisations of Lear's Fool, Hamlet and Timon of Athens, Hershinow presents new ways of thinking about modernity's engagement with classical models and literature's engagement with politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781474439572
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 11/01/2019
Series: Edinburgh Critical Studies in Shakespeare and Philosophy Series
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

About the Author

David Hershinow is Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Baruch College, CUNY.

Table of Contents


Part I: Our Cynic Legacy

1. Cynicism and the Courage of Truth
2. The Realist Turn: Parrhêsia, Character, and the Limits of Didacticism

Part II: Shakespeare's Cynics

3. Shakespeare's Bitter Fool: The Politics and Aesthetics of Free Speech
4. Cynicism, Melancholy, and Hamlet's Memento Moriae
5. Cash is King: Timon, Diogenes, and the Search for Sovereign Freedom