Shakespeare and Violence

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Cambridge University Press, 2003 - Drama - 224 pages
Shakespeare's last plays present a world in which human violence appears analogous to violence in the natural world, and both kinds of violence are shown as aspects of a world subject to chance and accident. This book is the first to examine the development of Shakespeare's representations of violence and to explain their importance in shaping his career as a dramatist."--BOOK JACKET.

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Contents

Introduction Exterminate all the brutes
1
Shakespeares culture of violence
13
Shakespeare and the display of violence
36
Plays and movies Richard III and Romeo and Juliet
61
Shakespeare on war King John to Henry V
83
Violence Renaissance tragedy and Hamlet
107
The central tragedies and violence
135
Roman violence and power games
160
Violence and the late plays
183
Afterword
212
Index
220
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R. A. Foakes is Professor Emeritus at the Department of English, UCLA.

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