Shakespeare and Tolerance

Shakespeare and Tolerance

by B. J. Sokol


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Shakespeare and Tolerance by B. J. Sokol

Shakespeare's remarkable ability to detect and express important new currents and moods in his culture often led him to dramatise human interactions based on the presence or absence of tolerance. Differences of religion, gender, nationality and what is now called 'race' are important in most of Shakespeare's plays, and varied ways of bridging these differences by means of sympathy and understanding are often depicted. The full development of a tolerant society is still incomplete, and this study demonstrates how the perceptions Shakespeare showed in relation to its earlier development are still instructive and valuable today. Many recent studies of Shakespeare's work have focused on reflections of the oppression or containment of minority, deviant or non-dominant groups or outlooks. This book reverses that trend and examines how Shakespeare was fascinated by the desires that underlie tolerance, including religion, race and sexuality, through close analysis of many Shakespearian plays, passages and themes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521182867
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/02/2010
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 262
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

B. J. Sokol is Emeritus Professor of English at Goldsmith's College, University of London.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Shakespeare, jokes, humour and tolerance; 2. Shakespeare, gender and tolerance; 3. Shakespeare, tolerance and nationality; 4. Shakespeare, tolerance and religion; 5. 'Race' part one; 6. 'Race' part two - Shakespeare and slavery; Afterword. Tolerance as a species of love.

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