The Cultural Uses of the Caesars on the English Renaissance Stage

1st Edition

Lisa Hopkins

Routledge
Published March 28, 2008
Reference - 168 Pages
ISBN 9780754662631 - CAT# Y236608
Series: Studies in Performance and Early Modern Drama

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Summary

Caesarian power was a crucial context in the Renaissance, as rulers in Europe, Russia and Turkey all sought to appropriate Caesarian imagery and authority, but it has been surprisingly little explored in scholarship. In this study Lisa Hopkins explores the way in which the stories of the Caesars, and of the Julio-Claudians in particular, can be used to figure the stories of English rulers on the Renaissance stage. Analyzing plays by Shakespeare and a number of other playwrights of the period, she demonstrates how early modern English dramatists, using Roman modes of literary representation as cover, commented on the issues of the day and critiqued contemporary monarchs.

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