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Shakespeare's political realism : the English history plays

Author: Tim Spiekerman
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book provides fresh interpretations of five of Shakespeare's history plays (King John, Richard II, Henry IV, Parts I and II, and Henry V), each guided by the often criticized assumption that Shakespeare can teach us something about politics. In contrast to many contemporary political critics who treat Shakespeare's political dramas as narrow reflections of his time, the author maintains that Shakespeare's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; Niccolò Machiavelli; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; Niccolò Machiavelli; Niccolò Machiavelli; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tim Spiekerman
ISBN: 0791448673 9780791448670 0791448681 9780791448687
OCLC Number: 43919790
Description: x, 208 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Shakespeare's politics --
King John --
King Richard II --
King Henry IV, parts 1 and 2 --
King Henry V --
Conclusion : Shakespeare and Machiavelli revisited --
The omission of the Magna Carta in King John.
Responsibility: Tim Spiekerman.

Abstract:

"This book provides fresh interpretations of five of Shakespeare's history plays (King John, Richard II, Henry IV, Parts I and II, and Henry V), each guided by the often criticized assumption that Shakespeare can teach us something about politics. In contrast to many contemporary political critics who treat Shakespeare's political dramas as narrow reflections of his time, the author maintains that Shakespeare's political vision is wide-ranging, compelling, and relevant to modern audiences. Paying close attention to character and context, as well as to Shakespeare's creative use of history, the author explores Shakespeare's views on perennially important political themes such as ambition, legitimacy, tradition, and political morality. Particular emphasis is placed on Shakespeare's relation to Machiavelli, turning repeatedly to the conflict between ambition and justice. In the end, Shakespeare's history plays point to the limits of politics even more pessimistically than Machiavelli's realism."--Jacket.

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