Shakespeare between Machiavelli and Hobbes: Dead Body Politics - Politics, Literature, & Film (Paperback)
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Shakespeare between Machiavelli and Hobbes: Dead Body Politics - Politics, Literature, & Film (Paperback)

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Shakespeare between Machiavelli and Hobbes explores Shakespeare's political outlook by comparing some of the playwright's best-known works to the works of Italian political theorist Niccolo Machiavelli and English social contract theorist Thomas Hobbes. By situating Shakespeare 'between' these two thinkers, the distinctly modern trajectory of the playwright's work becomes visible. Throughout his career, Shakespeare interrogates the divine right of kings, absolute monarchy, and the metaphor of the body politic. Simultaneously he helps to lay the groundwork for modern politics through his dramatic explorations of consent, liberty, and political violence. We can thus understand Shakespeare's corpus as a kind of eulogy: a funeral speech dedicated to outmoded and deficient theories of politics. We can also understand him as a revolutionary political thinker who, along with Machiavelli and Hobbes, reimagined the origins and ends of government. All three thinkers understood politics primarily as a response to our mortality. They depict politics as the art of managing and organizing human bodies-caring for their needs, making space for the satisfaction of desires, and protecting them from the threat of violent death. This book features new readings of Shakespeare's plays that illuminate the playwright's major political preoccupations and his investment in materialist politics.

Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9781498514095
Number of pages: 190
Weight: 295 g
Dimensions: 230 x 152 x 16 mm


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Andrew Moore's book, Shakespeare between Machiavelli and Hobbes: Dead Body Politics, is bold and enlightening.... Moore's important book provides a philosophical framework that prods the careful reader to think more clearly about Shakespeare's political wisdom. * VoegelinView *
Andrew Moore clearly reveals the overlap between the political and philosophical outlook that Shakespeare expresses in his dramas and the work of Machiavelli and Hobbes. At the same time, he recognizes important differences among them. This original contribution to both modern political thought and Shakespeare scholarship is beautifully written, and deepens our appreciation of Shakespeare's wisdom. -- Mary Nichols, Baylor University
Andrew Moore's penetration is evident in his recognition that philosophy conducts a continuous rethinking of the meaning of the concept nature. His signal contribution in these interrelated essays is to make us aware that Shakespeare's plays conduct just such a rethinking. In the course thereof Moore gives us to understand how the playwright reveals the interdependence of moral and political liberty. -- John Alvis, University of Dallas

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