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Shakespeare, Machiavelli, and Montaigne: Power and Subjectivity from Richard II to Hamlet

Hugh Grady


From 1595-1600, Shakespeare dissected the workings of political power in the four histories of the Henriad and in Hamlet in ways which remarkably parallel — and were perhaps influenced by — the ideas of the father of modern political analysis, Niccolò Machiavelli. However, the very same plays simultaneously explored the dynamics of self- and identity formation under new conditions of secular modernity, in the process producing such memorable characters as Richard II, Prince Hal, Falstaff, and Hamlet. The book argues that in analyzing modern subjectivity, Shakespeare re-produced not the ideas o ... More

Keywords: Shakespeare, Machiavelli, Montaigne, subjectivity, presentism, modernity, Henriad, Richard II, Henry IV

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199257607
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199257607.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hugh Grady, author
Professor of English, Arcadia University
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