Shakespeare's Political Pageant: Essays in Literature and Politics

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Joseph Alulis, Vickie B. Sullivan
Rowman & Littlefield, 1996 - Drama - 276 pages
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Literary works, through their very personal means of characterization, reveal the direct effect of politics on individuals in a way a political treatise cannot. The distinguished contributors to this volume share the belief that Shakespeare is the author who most effectively sets forth the multifarious pageant of politics. Shakespeare's rich canon presents monarchy and republic, tyrant and king, thinker and soldier, and Christian and pagan. The twelve essays in Shakespeare's Political Pageant discuss a broad range of Shakespeare's dramatic poetry from the perspective of the political theorist. This innovative book demonstrates the immense value of seeing Shakespeare's plays in the context of political philosophy. It will be an important source for students and scholars of both political science and literature.
  

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Contents

The New Medea On Portias Comic Triumph in The Merchant of Venice
3
Fathers and Children Matter Mirth and Melancholy in As You Like It
37
Wisdom and the Law Thoughts on the Political Philosophy of Measure for Measure
61
The Portrait of Athens in A Midsummer Nights Dream
77
Histories
89
Coming Home The Political Settlement in Shakespeares King John
91
The Education of Hal Henry IV Parts One and Two
103
Princes to Act Henry V as the Machiavellian Prince of Appearance
125
This is Venice Politics in Shakespeares Othello
155
King Lear The Tragic Disjunction of Wisdom and Power
189
The Relation of Thought and Action in Macbeth
209
Courage and Impotence in Shakespeares Macbeth
219
With Himself at War Shakespeares Roman Hero and the Republican Tradition
237
Index
263
About the Contributors
275
Copyright

Tragedies
153

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About the author (1996)

Joseph Alulis is lecturer at the Center for Continuing Studies, Basic Program, University of Chicago. Vickie Sullivan is assistant professor of political science at Tufts University.

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