Broken Symmetries: A Study of Agency in Shakespeare's Plays

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P. Lang, 1991 - Drama - 214 pages
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This important study makes a convincing case for its thesis that the dramatic form of Shakespeare's plays corresponds to that of a natural system evolving to a more complex state while undergoing symmetry breaking. Drawing upon such key concepts of chaos theory as global agency and self-similarity, the book constructs a methodology which illuminates many problematic aspects of agency in the selected comedies, tragedies, and histories it examines. Each of these genres is shown to reflect the paradoxical dynamics of a chaotic system. This fresh systems perspective offers a serious challenge to the structuralist assumptions underlying many current literary approaches.

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Contents

The Threshold of Change
1
The Agency of the Dream
39
Fault Lines in History
77
Copyright

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