Shakespeare's English and Roman History Plays: A Marxist Approach

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Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 1986 - Drama - 168 pages
Explains how an adherent to the so-called Christian interpretation of Shakespeare can be a Marxist critic. Shakespeare's history plays, Siegel contends, were shaped by the Christian humanist ideology of the new Tudor aristocracy and are subtle works of art whose characters are complex creations, not mere spokesmen for social classes.
 

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Contents

Marxism and Shakespearean Criticism
15
Marx Engels and the Historical Criticism of Shakespeare
19
The Marxist Approach and Shakespearean Studies Today
30
Shakespeares English and Roman History Plays
45
Shakespeares View of English History
47
Richard III and the Spirit of Capitalism
80
Falstaff and His Social Milieu
86
The American Revolutionists and the Political Ideology of Shakespeares English and Roman History Plays
93
Shakespeares View of Roman History
100
Summary and Conclusion
135
Notes
138
Works Cited
155
Index
164
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Page 22 - The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas, ie, the class which is the ruling material force of society is at the same time its ruling intellectual force. The class which has the means of material production at its disposal, has control at the same time over the means of mental production...
Page 16 - Political, juridical, philosophical, religious, literary, artistic, etc., development is based on economic development. But all these react upon one another and also upon the economic base. It is not that the economic position is the cause and alone active, while everything else only has a passive effect. There is, rather, interaction on the basis of the economic necessity, which ultimately always asserts itself.

About the author (1986)

Paul Siegel (1916-2004) was a writer and activist who published numerous books on literature and politics, including Revolution in the 20th Century Novel.

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