Shakespeare's remarkable ability to detect and express important new currents and moods in his culture often led him to dramatise human interactions based on the presence or absence of tolerance. Differences of religion, gender, nationality and what is now called 'race' are important in most of Shakespeare's plays, and varied ways of bridging these differences by means of sympathy and understanding are often depicted. The full development of a tolerant society is still incomplete, and this study demonstrates how the perceptions Shakespeare showed in relation to its earlier development are still instructive and valuable today. Many recent studies of Shakespeare's work have focused on reflections of the oppression or containment of minority, deviant or non-dominant groups or outlooks. This book reverses that trend and examines how Shakespeare was fascinated by the desires that underlie tolerance, including religion, race and sexuality, through close analysis of many Shakespearian plays, passages and themes.Read more
- Presents an unusual viewpoint of Shakespeare's work, focusing on tolerance rather than the often-discussed theme of oppression
- Demonstrates how Shakespeare's perceptions of tolerance are still instructive and valuable today
- Includes close analysis of many of Shakespeare's plays and themes to illustrate the argument
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'Shakespeare and Tolerance makes an important intervention in an area of Shakespearian scholarship that should benefit from its freshness of approach; it can be recommended to anyone entering the stormy waters of Shakespeare and cultural difference … it will be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in Shakespeare: Sokol is wonderfully attentive to the dynamics of character, and [the book] is studded with new and illuminating readings of familiar passages.' Modern Language Review
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- Date Published: December 2010
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521182867
- length: 262 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
- weight: 0.36kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Shakespeare, jokes, humour and tolerance
2. Shakespeare, gender and tolerance
3. Shakespeare, tolerance and nationality
4. Shakespeare, tolerance and religion
5. 'Race' part one
6. 'Race' part two - Shakespeare and slavery
Afterword. Tolerance as a species of love.
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