Free Will: Art and Power on Shakespeares Stage Richard Wilson

ISBN: 9780719091797

Published: April 2nd 2014

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448 pages


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Free Will: Art and Power on Shakespeares Stage  by  Richard Wilson

Free Will: Art and Power on Shakespeares Stage by Richard Wilson
April 2nd 2014 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 448 pages | ISBN: 9780719091797 | 3.12 Mb

Free Will: Art and Power on Shakespeares Stage is a study of theatre and sovereignty that situates Shakespeares plays in the contraflow between two absolutisms of early modern England: the aesthetic and the political. Starting from the dramatistsMoreFree Will: Art and Power on Shakespeares Stage is a study of theatre and sovereignty that situates Shakespeares plays in the contraflow between two absolutisms of early modern England: the aesthetic and the political. Starting from the dramatists cringing relations with his princely patrons, Richard Wilson considers the ways in which this bending author identifies freedom in failure and power in weakness by staging the endgames of a sovereignty that begs to be set free from itself.

The arc of Shakespeares career becomes in this comprehensive new interpretation a sustained resistance to both the institutions of sacred kingship and literary autonomy that were emerging in his time. In a sequence of close material readings, Free Will shows how the plays instead turn command performances into celebrations of an art without sovereignty, which might give delight but hurt not, and leave not a rack behind.Free Will is a profound rereading of Shakespeare, art and power that will contribute to thinking not only about the plays, but also about aesthetics, modernity, sovereignty and violence.



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