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War and Nation in the Theatre of Shakespeare and His Contemporaries

Simon Barker


This study explores the way that warfare is represented in the theatre of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. It contrasts the Tudor and Stuart prose that called for the establishment of a standing army in the name of nation, discipline and subjectivity, and the drama of the period that invited critique of this imperative. The book examines contemporary dramatic texts both for their radical position on war and, in the case of the later drama, for their subversive commentary on an emerging idealisation of Shakespeare and his work. The book argues that the early modern period saw the establishme ... More

Keywords: warfare, Shakespeare, Tudor prose, Stuart Prose, standing army, nation, discipline, subjectivity, early modern period

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780748627653
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627653.001.0001


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Simon Barker, author

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