Shakespeare as Political Thinker

By John E. Alvis; Thomas G. West | Go to book overview

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

The authors of this collection were participants, as speakers or discussants, at a conference on "Poetry and Politics in Shakespeare" held at the University of Dallas in October 1978. About half of the essays were presented at the conference; the rest were written especially for this volume.

The conference was co-sponsored by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, Inc. (ISI), through the kind offices of its then Western Director, Peter W. Schramm, who now directs the Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs at Ashland University in Ohio. We are grateful for ISI's generous support.

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute also made possible the publication of this second edition. We thank Jeff Nelson, Publisher of ISI Books, and Christopher Briggs, ISI Senior Editor, for bringing the book back into print.

The editors also wish to thank Andrew Moran of the University of Dallas (UD) English Department for major help with proofreading. Thanks also to proofreaders John Grant, Jeff Elmendorf, and Kathryn Martin, all students in UD's Institute of Philosophic Studies.

TGW

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Title Page vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Note on the Revised Edition xiii
  • The Editors and Authors xv
  • Introductory- Shakespearean Poetry and Politics 1
  • Notes 24
  • The Unity of Tragedy, Comedy, and History- An Interpretation of the Shakespearean Universe 29
  • Notes 58
  • Richard II 59
  • Notes 69
  • God Will Save the King- Shakespeare''s Richard II 71
  • Notes 89
  • Shakespeare''s Henry IV- A New Prince in a New Principality 93
  • Notes 104
  • Spectacle Supplanting Ceremony- Shakespeare''s Henry Monmouth 107
  • Notes 138
  • The Two Truths of Troilus and Cressida 143
  • Notes 160
  • Troilus and Cressida- Poetry or Philosophy? 163
  • Notes 175
  • Nature and the City- Timon of Athens 177
  • Notes 201
  • Chastity as a Political Principle- An Interpretation of Shakespeare''s Measure for Measure 203
  • Notes 240
  • Prospero''s Republic- The Politics of Shakespeare''s the Tempest 241
  • Notes 258
  • The Golden Casket- An Interpretation of the Merchant of Venice 261
  • Notes 285
  • Shakespeare''s Hamlet and Machiavelli- How Not to Kill a Despot 289
  • Notes 312
  • Macbeth and the Gospelling of Scotland 315
  • Notes 344
  • Shakespearean Wisdom? 353
  • Notes 375
  • Shakespearean Comedy and Tragedy- Implicit Political Analogies 381
  • Note 395
  • Transcendence and Equivocation- Some Political, Theological, and Philosophical Themes in Shakespeare 397
  • Notes 405
  • Index 407
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