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Shakespeare and Violence

Shakespeare and Violence

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  • Date Published: January 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521527439

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  • Relating this study to current anxieties about the problem of violence, R.A. Foakes reveals how similar concerns are central in Shakespeare's plays. At first Shakespeare exploited spectacular violence for its entertainment value, but in later plays he explored a range of issues relating to war, heroism, manliness, and violence in nature as well as in human beings. This book examines the development of Shakespeare's representations of violence and explains their importance in shaping his career as a dramatist.

    • Relates to the current interest in violence, terrorism and war
    • Shows that violence was as much a source of anxiety in Shakespeare's time as in our own
    • Considers the way Shakespeare's attitude to violence changes in his plays, in ways that are relevant to present day concerns
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Foakes does a masterly job...Foakes offers excellent, basic, traditional scholarship with reference to context." Andrew Vorder Bruegge, St. Cloud State University, Sixteenth Century Journal

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521527439
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.33kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    1. Introduction: 'Exterminate all the brutes'
    2. Shakespeare's culture of violence
    3. Shakespeare and the display of violence
    4. Plays and movies: Richard III and Romeo and Juliet
    5. Shakespeare on war: King John to Henry V
    6. Violence, Renaissance tragedy, and Hamlet
    7. The central tragedies and violence
    8. Roman violence and power games
    9. Violence and the late plays
    10. Afterword

  • Author

    R. A. Foakes, University of California, Los Angeles
    R. A. Foakes is Professor Emeritus at the Department of English, UCLA.

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