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Shakespeare and republicanism (edition 2008)
Shakespeare and Republicanism by Andrew Hadfield
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0521718007, Paperback)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.
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In this groundbreaking work, leading scholar of the Renaissance Andrew Hadfield reveals for the first time exactly how Shakespeare was influenced by contemporary strands in political thought that were critical of the English crown and constitution. For anyone interested in Shakespeare and Renaissance culture, this book is required reading.
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