The Cultural Uses of the Caesars on the English Renaissance Stage

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Routledge, 2016 M03 16 - 168 pages
Caesarian power was a crucial context in the Renaissance, as rulers in Europe, Russia and Turkey all sought to appropriate Caesarian imagery and authority, but it has been surprisingly little explored in scholarship. In this study Lisa Hopkins explores the way in which the stories of the Caesars, and of the Julio-Claudians in particular, can be used to figure the stories of English rulers on the Renaissance stage. Analyzing plays by Shakespeare and a number of other playwrights of the period, she demonstrates how early modern English dramatists, using Roman modes of literary representation as cover, commented on the issues of the day and critiqued contemporary monarchs.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
Titus Andronicus
Hamlet Among the Romans
Caesar and the Czar
Pocahontas and The Winters Tale
The Romans in Britain
Cymbeline
He Claudius
Conclusion
Index

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About the author (2016)

Lisa Hopkins is Professor of English at Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

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