Tyranny in William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

Tyranny in William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

by Vernon Elso Johnson


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Great literary works resonate with readers not only because of well-developed characters and plots, but also because they often reflect important social themes. The Social Issues in Literature series brings together the disciplines of sociology and literature in a unique format designed to support cross-curricular studies. Each volume explores a work of literature through the lens of the major social issue reflected in it, and features carefully-selected content representing a variety of perspectives. All volumes in the series contain biographical and critical information about the author; secondary excerpts offering both historical and contemporary views of the highlighted social issue; a timeline of the author's life; a "For Further Reading" section of other works on the issue; and a detailed subject index.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780737752632
Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing
Publication date: 02/24/2011
Series: Social Issues in Literature Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 15 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Chronology 12

Chapter 1 Background on William Shakespeare

1 The Life of Shakespeare John F. Andrews 17

2 Shakespeare Travels to London, a City of Power and Politics Stephen Greenblatt 27

3 Shakespeare's Fascination with Rulers Peter Ackroyd 39

Chapter 2 Tyranny in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

1 Julius Caesar Relies on Ancient Rome's Complex Political Stage Coppelia Kahn 47

2 Julius Caesar Is the Tragedy of the Roman Republic Andrew Hadfield 53

3 Shakespeare Defines the Elizabethan Aristocratic Identity Wayne A. Rebhorn 65

4 Julius Caesar Presents the Anarchy-Tyranny Dilemma as Inevitable William Rosen Barbara Rosen 73

5 Shakespeare Offers an Alternative to State-Mediated Social Order Daniel Juan Gil 80

6 Julius Caesar Challenges the Renaissance Debate over Tyrannicide Robert S. Miola 94

7 Shakespeare Presents All Characters Sympathetically Francis Fergusson 104

8 Brutus's Noble Heroism Is Superficial James C. Bulman 111

9 Julius Caesar Was Staged Both to Promote and to Oppose Fascist Regimes Michael Anderegg 118

Chapter 3 Contemporary Perspectives on Tyranny

1 Iran Elects a Radical, Unpredictable Leader: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Kasra Naji 128

2 A Cuban Leader's Vulnerable Relationship with His People: Fidel Castro Daniel P. Erikson 138

3 Communist North Korea Becomes Increasingly Isolated: Kim Jong Il Richard Worth 145

4 A Latin American Leader Becomes a Global Icon: Hugo Chávez Moisés Naím 153

5 Excessive Power in the US Executive Branch Gene Healy 162

For Further Discussion 169

For Further Reading 170

Bibliography 171

Index 175

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