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Hamlet's Heirs

Shakespeare and The Politics of a New Millennium

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Hamlet's Heirs by Linda Charnes
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Speaking to readers in a voice that is adventurous rather than authoritative, innovative rather than institutional and speculative rather than orthodox, Linda Charnes' provocative study of Shakespeare's legacy in contemporary American and British politics explores the following themes: namesake princes and presidents stolen thrones and elections plutocrats and insurgents campaign trails and war-mongering waning monarchy and imperilled democracy revengers, early modern and postmodern. Linked by focused readings of Hamlet and the Henriad, the essays follow Shakespeare's two most famous royal sons, the Princes Hamlet and Hal, as they haunt contemporary political psychology in the early years of a new millennium, and especially in the aftermath of September 11, 2001. Between devolution in Britain and the new `doctrine' of pre-emptive strike in the United States, our contemporary Hamlets and Hals epitomize a debate - as fraught now as in Shakespeare' day - about the cost of spin-doctoring legacies. In exploring how current political culture inherits Shakespeare, Hamlet's Heirs challenges scholarly assumptions about historical periodicity, modernity and the uses of Shakespeare in present day contexts.
Release date NZ
April 6th, 2006
Author
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Routledge
Pages
168
Dimensions
138x216x13
ISBN-13
9780415261944
Product ID
1741651

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