Tyranny in Shakespeare

Tyranny in Shakespeare

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Even the most explicitly political contemporary approaches to Shakespeare have been uninterested by his tyrants as such. But for Shakespeare, rather than a historical curiosity or psychological aberration, tyranny is a perpetual political and human problem. Mary Ann McGrail's recovery of the playwright's perspective challenges the grounds of this modern critical silence. She locates Shakespeare's expansive definition of tyranny between the definitions accepted by classical and modern political philosophy.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.1 x 17.8mm | 340.19g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New
  • bibliography, index
  • 0739100823
  • 9780739100820

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To be at once subtle and clear is no small achievement, but Mary Ann McGrail makes it seem deceptively easy. Her fine study sheds a new, bright light on Shakespeare's profound explorations of the impulse to tyrannize over others. -- Ralph Lerner, University of Chicagoshow more

About Mary Ann McGrail

Mary Ann McGrail is currently an attorney and Federal Judicial Clerk, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, J.D. She holds a Ph.D. in Renaissance Literature.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Here May You See the Tyrant Chapter 2 Macbeth: What does the Tyrant? Chapter 3 Richard III: That Excellent Grand Tyrant of the Earth Chapter 4 The Winter's Tale: Leontes, A Jealous Tyrant Chapter 5 The Tempest: A Plague Upon the Tyrant That I Serve Chapter 6 Conclusion: Time's Tyrannyshow more

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