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Shakespeare's Troy
By Heather James

Shakespeare's Troy

Drama, Politics, and the Translation of Empire

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Shakespeare's Troy by Heather James

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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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521033787
ISBN-10: 0521033780
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Shakespeare's Troy by Heather James Shakespeare's Troy, Hardback (November 1997)

Examines Shakespeare's deployment of Virgil, Ovid and other classical sources in the creation of a national myth.

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