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Revisionist Shakespeare : transitional ideologies in texts and contexts

Author: Paul Cefalu
Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Shakespeare's critics have often claimed that plays such as The Merchant of Venice, King Lear, and Coriolanus allegorize the ways in which class conflict influenced the transition from feudalism to capitalism in England. Revisionist historians have argued, however, that the rise of capitalism was more often conditioned by the unintended consequences of social policy, rather than by polarized class positions. This  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Cefalu
ISBN: 140396484X 9781403964847
OCLC Number: 54767788
Description: 212 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction : on Shakespearean contradictions --
1. Rethinking colonialism in economic terms : the tempest, Captain John Smith's Virginia Narratives, and the English response to vagrancy --
2. The ends of absolutism : Coriolanus and Jacobean political irony --
3. Shylock as Homo Sacer? : Mercantilist fallacies and subjective demand in The Merchant of Venice --
4. The early modern veil of ignorance : natural rights theory in King Lear --
5. "Damned custom ... habits devil" : Hamlet's part-whole fallacy and the early modern philosophy of mind.
Responsibility: Paul Cefalu.
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