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Shakespeare's Ideas. More Things in Heaven and Earth. Edition No. 1. Blackwell Great Minds

  • ID: 5225479
  • Book
  • August 2008
  • 248 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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An in-depth exploration, through his plays and poems, of the philosophy of Shakespeare as a great poet, a great dramatist and a "great mind".
  • Written by a leading Shakespearean scholar
  • Discusses an array of topics, including sex and gender, politics and political theory, writing and acting, religious controversy and issues of faith, skepticism and misanthropy, and closure
  • Explores Shakespeare as a great poet, a great dramatist and a "great mind"
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Acknowledgements ix

1 A Natural Philosopher 1

2 Lust in Action
Shakespeare's Ideas on Sex and Gender 15

3 What is Honour?
Shakespeare's Ideas on Politics and Political Theory 42

4 Hold the Mirror Up to Nature
Shakespeare's Ideas on Writing and Acting 74

5 What Form of Prayer Can Serve My Turn?
Shakespeare’s Ideas on Religious Controversy and Issues of Faith 106

6 Is Man No More Than This?
Shakespeare's Ideas on Scepticism, Doubt, Stoicism, Pessimism, Misanthropy 143

7 Here Our Play Has Ending
Ideas of Closure in the Late Plays 177

8 Credo 213

Further Reading 218

Index 227

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David Bevington University of Chicago, USA.
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