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Shakespeare and the Truth-Teller: Confronting the Cynic Ideal

David Hershinow


The Truth-Teller makes the case that Shakespeare repeatedly responds to sixteenth-century debates over the revolutionary potential of Cynic critical activity—debates that persist in later centuries and that inform major developments in Western intellectual history. To live one’s truth may have been a radical (and controversial) proposition for ancient Greek democracy, but Shakespeare reveals it to be an equally vexed task for drama, which aimed both to represent political truths and warn against the dangers of over-identifying with the figure of the lone truth teller. The book contends that as ... More

Keywords: Diogenes, Cynicism, Timon of Athens, Hamlet, King Lear, Foucault, Realism, Enlightenment, critique, parrhesia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781474439572
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474439572.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Hershinow, author