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Shakespeare and Republicanism

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  • Date Published: June 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521718004

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  • Andrew Hadfield reveals for the first time exactly how Shakespeare was influenced by contemporary strands in political thought critical of the English crown. Although he was often seen as a conservative political thinker characterized by an over-riding fear of the 'mob', Hadfield argues that Shakespeare's writing actually emerged out of an intellectual milieu fascinated by republican ideas. From the 1590s onwards, he explored republican themes in his poetry and plays: political assassination, elected government, alternative constitutions, and, perhaps most importantly of all, the problem of power without responsibility.

    • Shakespeare's relationship to the history of republicanism is fully explored
    • Andrew Hadfield radically revises our historical understanding of Shakespeare
    • A fascinating work that reveals how much we didn't know about the political contexts of Shakespeare's work
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    • Winner of the SCSC Roland H.Bainton Prize for Literature

    Reviews & endorsements

    "...clearly written and densely documented...M.W. Tillyard's Shakespeare is dead; long live Hadfield's!...Essential. All readers; all collections."
    CHOICE, A. DiMatteo, New York Institute of Technology

    "Andrew Hadfield's important and learned new book, Shakespeare and Republicanism, offers up a slate of bold, interlocking arguments ... [which] will be at once bracing and controversial, and so the book will be widely read and widely discussed by both literary scholars and historians."
    Early Modern Literary Studies, Curtis Perry, Arizona State University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521718004
    • length: 380 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 150 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: was Shakespeare a Republican?
    Part I. Republican Culture in the 1590s:
    1. Forms of Republican culture in late sixteenth-century England
    2. Literature and Republicanism in the age of Shakespeare
    Part II. Shakespeare and Republicanism: Introduction: Shakespeare's early Republican career
    3. Shakespeare's Pharsalia: the first Tetralogy
    4. The beginning of the Republic: Venus and Lucrece
    5. The end of the Republic: Titus Andronicus and Julius Caesar
    6. The Radical Hamlet
    7. After the Republican moment

  • Author

    Andrew Hadfield, University of Sussex
    Adrew Hadfield is Professor of English at the University of Sussex.


    • Winner of the SCSC Roland H.Bainton Prize for Literature

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