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Author Holbrook, Peter, 1959-

Title Shakespeare's individualism / Peter Holbrook
Published Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [2010]
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Description 1 online resource (x, 246 pages)
Contents Introduction. Part I: Shakespeare, Hamlet, Selfhood. 1. Hamlet and failure -- 2. 'A room ... at the back of the shop' -- 3. Egyptianism (our fascist future) -- 4. 'Become who you are!' -- 5. Hamlet and self-love -- 6. 'To thine own self be true' -- 7. Listening to ghosts -- 8. Shakespeare's self -- Part II. Shakespeare and Evil. 9. 'Old lad, I am thine own: authenticity and Titus Andronicus -- 10. Evil and self-creation -- 11. Libertarian Shakespeare: Mill, Bradley -- 12. Shakespearean immoral individualism: Gide -- 13. Strange Shakespeare: Symons and others -- 14. Eliot's rejection of Shakespeare -- 15. Shakespearean immoralism: Antony and Cleopatra -- 16. Making oneself known: Montaigne and the Sonnets -- Part III. Shakespeare and Self-Government. 17. Freedom and self-government: The Tempest -- 18. Calibanism -- Conclusion: Shakespeare's 'beauteous freedom'
Summary "Providing a provocative and original perspective on Shakespeare, Peter Holbrook argues that Shakespeare is an author friendly to such essentially modern and unruly notions as individuality, freedom, self-realization and authenticity. These expressive values vivify Shakespeare's own writing; they also form a continuous, and a central, part of the Shakespearean tradition. Engaging with the theme of the individual will in specific plays and poems, and examining a range of libertarian-minded scholarly and literary responses to Shakespeare over time, Shakespeare's Individualism advances the proposition that one of the key reasons for reading Shakespeare today is his commitment to individual liberty - even as we recognize that freedom is not just an indispensable ideal but also, potentially, a dangerous one. Engagingly written and jargon-free, this book demonstrates that Shakespeare has important things to say about fundamental issues of human existence."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Individualism in literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0511675984 (ebook)
0511676697 (electronic bk.)
0511679203 (electronic bk.)
0521760674 (Cloth)
9780511675980 (ebook)
9780511676697 (electronic bk.)
9780511679209 (electronic bk.)
9780521760676 (Cloth)