Shakespeare's English and Roman History Plays: A Marxist Approach

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Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 1986 - 168 páginas
Explains how an adherent to the so-called Christian interpretation of Shakespeare can be a Marxist critic. Shakespeare's history plays, Siegel contends, were shaped by the Christian humanist ideology of the new Tudor aristocracy and are subtle works of art whose characters are complex creations, not mere spokesmen for social classes.

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Marxism and Shakespearean Criticism
15
Marx Engels and the Historical Criticism of Shakespeare
19
The Marxist Approach and Shakespearean Studies Today
30
Shakespeares English and Roman History Plays
45
Shakespeares View of English History
47
Richard III and the Spirit of Capitalism
80
Falstaff and His Social Milieu
86
The American Revolutionists and the Political Ideology of Shakespeares English and Roman History Plays
93
Shakespeares View of Roman History
100
Summary and Conclusion
135
Notes
138
Works Cited
155
Index
164
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Página 82 - And so I was, which plainly signified That I should snarl, and bite, and play the dog. Then, since the heavens have shap'd my body so, Let hell make crook'd my mind to answer it. I have no brother, I am like no brother; And this word 'love,' which greybeards call divine, Be resident in men like one another, And not in me!
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