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Shakespeare as political thinker
Alvis, John.
Second edition, revised and expanded.
Publication Information:
Wilmington, Del. : ISI Books, 2000.
Physical Description:
xix, 416 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
First edition published in 1981 by Carolina Academic Press.

About half of the essays were presented at a conference, "Poetry and politics in Shakespeare", held at the University of Dallas in October 1978; "the rest were written especially for this volume"--P. [xi].
Introductory : Shakespearean poetry and politics / John E. Alvis -- The unity of tragedy, comedy, and history : an interpretation of the Shakespearean universe / Henre V. Jaffa -- Richard II / Allan Bloom -- God will save the king : Shakespeare's Richard II / Louise Cowan -- Shakespeare's Henry IV : a new prince in a new principality / Dain A. Trafton -- Spectacle supplanting ceremony : Shakespeare's Henry Monmouth / John E. Alvis -- The two truths of Troilus and Cressida / Thomas G. West --Troilus and Cressida : poetry or philosophy? / Christopher Flannery -- Nature and the city : Timon of Athens / Leo Paul S. de Alvarez -- Chastity as a political principle : an interpretation of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure / Harry V. Jaffa -- Prospero's republic : the politics of Shakespeare's The Tempest / Paul A. Cantor -- The golden casket : an interpretation of The Merchant of Venice / Barabra Tovey -- Shakespeare's Hamlet and Machiavelli : how not to kill a despot / John E. Alvis -- Macbeth and the gospelling of Scotland / Paul A. Cantor -- Shakespearean wisdom? / Michael Platt -- Shakespearean comedy and tragedy : implicit political analogies / Robert B. Heilman -- Transcendence and equivocation : some political, theological, and philosophical themes in Shakespeare / Laurence Berns.
Reading Level:
1310 Lexile.
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The essays contained in this book proceed from the common conviction that Shakespeare s poetry conveys a wisdom about politics commensurate with his artistry. Well-known thinkers discuss Shakespeare's understanding of politics, the idea of the best polity, the relationship between character and political life, and the interpenetration of poetry, politics, religion, and philosophy.

Table of Contents

John E. AlvisHarry V. JaffaAllan BloomLouise CowanDain A. TraftonJohn E. AlvisThomas G. WestChristopher FlanneryLeo Paul S. de AlvarezHarry V. JaffaPaul A. CantorBarbara ToveyJohn E. AlvisPaul A. CantorMichael PlattRobert B. HeilmanLaurence Berns
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Note on the Revised Editionp. xiii
The Editors and Authorsp. xv
Introductory: Shakespearean Poetry and Politicsp. 1
The Unity of Tragedy, Comedy, and History: An Interpretation of the Shakespearean Universep. 29
Richard IIp. 59
God Will Save the King: Shakespeare's Richard IIp. 71
Shakespeare's Henry IV: A New Prince in a New Principalityp. 93
Spectacle Supplanting Ceremony: Shakespeare's Henry Monmouthp. 107
The Two Truths of Troilus and Cressidap. 143
Troilus and Cressida: Poetry or Philosophy?p. 163
Nature and the City: Timon of Athensp. 177
Chastity as a Political Principle: An Interpretation of Shakespeare's Measure for Measurep. 203
Prospero's Republic: The Politics of Shakespeare's The Tempestp. 241
The Golden Casket: An Interpretation of The Merchant of Venicep. 261
Shakespeare's Hamlet and Machiavelli: How Not To Kill a Despotp. 289
Macbeth and the Gospelling of Scotlandp. 315
Shakespearean Wisdom?p. 353
Shakespearean Comedy and Tragedy: Implicit Political Analogiesp. 381
Transcendence and Equivocation: Some Political, Theological, and Philosophical Themes in Shakespearep. 397
Indexp. 407