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Tyrant : Shakespeare on politics

Author: Stephen Greenblatt
Publisher: New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"As an aging, tenacious Elizabeth I clung to power, a talented playwright probed the social causes, the psychological roots, and the twisted consequences of tyranny. In exploring the psyche (and psychoses) of the likes of Richard III, Macbeth, Lear, Coriolanus, and the societies they rule over, Stephen Greenblatt illuminates the ways in which William Shakespeare delved into the lust for absolute power and the
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Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Greenblatt
ISBN: 9780393635751 0393635759
OCLC Number: 1011679254
Description: 212 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Oblique angles --
Party politics --
Fraudulent populism --
A matter of character --
Enablers --
Tyranny triumphant --
The instigator --
Madness in great ones --
Downfall and resurgence --
Resistible rise --
Coda.
Responsibility: Stephen Greenblatt.

Abstract:

"As an aging, tenacious Elizabeth I clung to power, a talented playwright probed the social causes, the psychological roots, and the twisted consequences of tyranny. In exploring the psyche (and psychoses) of the likes of Richard III, Macbeth, Lear, Coriolanus, and the societies they rule over, Stephen Greenblatt illuminates the ways in which William Shakespeare delved into the lust for absolute power and the catastrophic consequences of its execution."--

"As an aging, tenacious Elizabeth I clung to power, a talented playwright probed the social causes, the psychological roots, and the twisted consequences of tyranny. In exploring the psyche (and psychoses) of the likes of Richard III, Macbeth, Lear, Coriolanus, and the societies they rule over, Stephen Greenblatt illuminates the ways in which William Shakespeare delved into the lust for absolute power and the catastrophic consequences of its execution. Cherished institutions seem fragile, political classes are in disarray, economic misery fuels populist anger, people knowingly accept being lied to, partisan rancor dominates, spectacular indecency rules--these aspects of a society in crisis fascinated Shakespeare and shaped some of his most memorable plays. With uncanny insight, he shone a spotlight on the infantile psychology and unquenchable narcissistic appetites of demagogues--and the cynicism and opportunism of the various enablers and hangers-on who surround them--and imagined how they might be stopped. As Greenblatt shows, Shakespeare's work, in this as in so many other ways, remains vitally relevant today."--Dust jacket.

Society in crisis fascinated William Shakespeare and shaped some of his most memorable plays. In exploring the psyche and psychoses of the likes of Richard III, Macbeth, Lear, Coriolanus, and the societies they rule over, Shakespeare delved into the lust for absolute power and the catastrophic consequences of its execution. Greenblatt shows that this spotlight on the infantile psychology and unquenchable narcissistic appetites of demagogues-- and the cynicism and opportunism of the various enablers and hangers-on who surround them-- remains vitally relevant today. -- adapted from jacket

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