Shakespeare and Greece

Shakespeare and Greece

By: Vassiliki Markidou (editor), Alison Findlay (editor)Hardback

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This book seeks to invert Ben Jonson's claim that Shakespeare had `small Latin and less Greek' and to prove that, in fact, there is more Greek and less Latin in a significant group of Shakespeare's texts: a group whose generic hybridity (tragic-comical-historical-romance) exemplifies the hybridity of Greece in the early modern imagination. To early modern England, Greece was an enigma. It was the origin and idealised pinnacle of Western philosophy, tragedy, democracy, heroic human endeavour and, at the same time, an example of decadence: a fallen state, currently under Ottoman control, and therefore an exotic, dangerous, `Other' in the most disturbing senses of the word. Indeed, while Britain was struggling to establish itself as a nation state and an imperial authority by emulating classical Greek models, this ambition was radically unsettled by early modern Greece's subjection to the Ottoman Empire, which rendered Europe's eastern borders dramatically vulnerable. Focussing, for the first time, on Shakespeare's `Greek' texts (Venus and Adonis, The Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Love's Labour's Lost, Troilus and Cressida, Timon of Athens, King Lear, Pericles and The Two Noble Kinsmen), the volume considers how Shakespeare's use of antiquity and Greek myth intersects with early modern perceptions of the country and its empire.

About Author

Alison Findlay is Professor of Renaissance Drama and Director of the Shakespeare Programme at Lancaster University, UK and Vassiliki Markidou is an Assistant Professor in English Literature and Culture at the Faculty of English Language and Literature, University of Athens, Greece.


Introduction, Alison Findlay and Vassiliki Markidou 1. The Comedy of Errors and `farthest Greece', Kent Cartwright 2. Embodying Greece in Elizabethan England: Venus and Adonis and Love's Labour's Lost, Liz Oakley-Brown 3. Greece `digested in a play': Consuming Greek Heroism in The School of Abuse and Troilus and Cressida, Efterpi Mitsi 4. `All's with me meet that I can fashion fit': Physis and Nomos in King Lear, Nic Panagopoulo 5. Hospitality, Friendship and Republicanism in Timon of Athens, John Drakakis 6. 'To take our imagination / From bourn to bourn, region to region': The Politics of Greek Topographies in Pericles, Vassiliki Markidou 7. Reshaping Athens in A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Two Noble Kinsmen, Alison Findlay 8. A Midsummer Night's Dream in Modern Athens, Mara Yanni Selected Bibliography

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  • ISBN13: 9781474244251
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 304
  • ID: 9781474244251
  • weight: 406
  • ISBN10: 1474244254

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