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Shakespeare's Monarchies: Ruler and Subject in the Romances

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Synopsis:

Constance Jordan looks at how Shakespeare, through his romances, contributed to the cultural debates over the nature of monarchy in Jacobean England. Stressing the differences between absolutist and constitutionalist principles of rule, Jordan reveals Shakespeare's investment in the idea that a head of state should be responsive to law, and not be governed by his unbridled will. Conflicts within royal courts which occur in the romances show wives, daughters, and servants resisting tyrannical husbands, fathers, masters, and monarchs by relying on the authority of conscience.

These loyal subjects demonstrated to Shakespeare's diverse audiences that the vitality of the body politic, its dynastic future, and its material productivity depend on a cooperative union of ruler and subject. Drawing on representations of servitude and slavery in the humanist and political literature of the period, Jordan shows that Shakespeare's abusive rulers suffer as much as they impose on their subjects. Shakespeare's Monarchies recognizes the romances as politically inflected texts and confirms Shakespeare's involvement in the public discourse of the period.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780801428289
Subtitle:
Ruler and Subject in the Romances
Author:
Jordan, Constance
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Location:
Ithaca, N.Y. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Shakespeare
Subject:
History
Subject:
Drama
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Early modern and elizabethan, 1500-1600
Subject:
Shakespeare, William
Subject:
Politics and literature
Subject:
Kings and rulers in literature
Subject:
Tragicomedy
Subject:
Monarchy in literature.
Subject:
Political plays, English.
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
v. 1
Publication Date:
October 1997
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9.34x6.26x.82 in. 1.13 lbs.

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Product details 224 pages Cornell University Press - English 9780801428289 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Constance Jordan looks at how Shakespeare, through his romances, contributed to the cultural debates over the nature of monarchy in Jacobean England. Stressing the differences between absolutist and constitutionalist principles of rule, Jordan reveals Shakespeare's investment in the idea that a head of state should be responsive to law, and not be governed by his unbridled will. Conflicts within royal courts which occur in the romances show wives, daughters, and servants resisting tyrannical husbands, fathers, masters, and monarchs by relying on the authority of conscience.

These loyal subjects demonstrated to Shakespeare's diverse audiences that the vitality of the body politic, its dynastic future, and its material productivity depend on a cooperative union of ruler and subject. Drawing on representations of servitude and slavery in the humanist and political literature of the period, Jordan shows that Shakespeare's abusive rulers suffer as much as they impose on their subjects. Shakespeare's Monarchies recognizes the romances as politically inflected texts and confirms Shakespeare's involvement in the public discourse of the period.

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