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Shakespeare's Troy : Drama, Politics, and the Translation of Empire - Heather James

Shakespeare's Troy

Drama, Politics, and the Translation of Empire

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Heather James examines the ways in which Shakespeare handles the inheritance and transmission of the Troy legend. She argues that Shakespeare's use of Virgil, Ovid and other classical sources demonstrates the appropriation of classical authority in the interests of developing a national myth, and goes on to distinguish Shakespeare's deployment of the myth from 'official' Tudor and Stuart ideology. James traces Shakespeare's reworking of the myth in Troilus and Cressida, Antony and Cleopatra, Cymbeline, and The Tempest, and shows how the legend of Troy in Queen Elizabeth's day differed from that in the time of King James. The larger issue the book confronts is the directly political one of the way in which Shakespeare's textual appropriations participate in the larger cultural project of finding historical legitimation for a realm that was asserting its status as an empire.

"A major contribution to understanding Shakespeare's poetic traditions, this volume consistently illuminates the presence of Vergil and Ovid in Shakespeare's language." N. Lukacher, Choice "James's readings of the plays are strong and convincing, and her reevaluation of the iconography of the theater remains a valuable critical enterprise." Rachana Sachdev, Review "...much of what James says in this often provocative book is compelling...James's book is well worth reading..." Comparative Literature "The book makes a significant contribution to Shakespeare studies through foregrounding the myth of Trojan origins and through challenging traditional interpretations of it as a vehicle primarily for praise of the Tudor and Stuart monarchs." Sara Hanna, Clio

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Shakespeare-s fatal Cleopatra
Shakespeare and the Troy legend
Blazoning injustices: mutilating Titus Andronicus, Virgil and Rome
-Tricks we play on the dead-: making history in Troilus and Cressida
To earn a place in the story: resisting the Aeneid in Antony and Cleopatra
Cymbeline-s mingle-mangle: Britain-s Roman histories
-How came that widow in?
-: allusion, politics and the theatre in The Tempest
Notes
Index
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ISBN: 9780521592239
ISBN-10: 0521592232
Series: Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 13th November 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.59