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Shakespeare's Political Pageant

Vickie Sullivan, Political Theory

Literary works, through their very personal means of characterization, reveal the direct effect of politics on individuals in a way a political treatise cannot. The distinguished contributors to this volume share the belief that Shakespeare is the author who most effectively sets forth the multifarious pageant of politics. Shakespeare's rich canon presents monarchy and republic, tyrant and king, thinker and soldier, and Christian and pagan. The twelve essays in "Shakespeare's Political Pageant" discuss a broad range of Shakespeare's dramatic poetry from the perspective of the political theorist. This innovative book demonstrates the immense value of seeing Shakespeare's plays in the context of political philosophy. It will be an important source for students and scholars of both political science and literature. Purchase this book >

Table of Contents:

Preface vii
Acknowledgements xi
Part I: Comedies  
1 The New Medea: On Portia's Comic Triumph in The Merchant of Venice
  Michael Zuckert
2 Fathers and Children: Matter, Mirth, and Melancholy in As You Like It
  Joseph Alulis
3 Wisdom and the Law: Thoughts on the Political Philosophy of Measure for Measure
  Barbara Tovey
4 The Portrait of Athens in A Midsummer Night's Dream
  David Lowenthal
Part II: Histories  
5 Coming Home: The Political Settlement in Shakespeare's King John
  Christopher Colmo
6 The Education of Hal: Henry VI, Parts One and Two
  Tim Spiekerman
7 Princes to Act: Henry V as the Machiavellian Prince of Appearance
  Vickie Sullivan
Part III: Tragedies  
8 "This is Venice": Politics in Shakespeare's Othello
  Pamela K. Jensen
9 King Lear: The Tragic Disjunction of Wisdom and Power
  Paul A. Cantor
10 The Relation of Thought and Action in Macbeth
  Timothy Fuller
11 Courage and Impotence in Macbeth
  Michael Davis
12 "With Himself at War": Shakespeare's Roman Hero and the Republican Tradition 237
Index 263
About the Contributors 275