Title Tyrant : Shakespeare on power / Stephen Greenblatt.
Imprint London : The Bodley Head, 2018.
Author Greenblatt, Stephen, 1943- author.
Date 01-01-2018
Physical description 212 pages ; 23 cm
Item 822.33 GRE (Copy 1) GFL-MONO 315683 INLIBRARY
Major subject Literary criticism
Power (Politics)
Minor subject Overseas item
LCSH Dictators in literature.
Power (Social sciences) in literature.
Dictatorship in literature.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Political and social views.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-195) and index.
ISBN 9781847925046
Abstract How does a truly disastrous leader - a sociopath, a demagogue, a tyrant - come to power? How, and why, does a tyrant hold on to power? And what goes on in the hidden recesses of the tyrant's soul? For help in understanding our most urgent contemporary dilemmas, William Shakespeare has no peer. As an ageing, tenacious Elizabeth I clung to power, a talented playwright probed the social and psychological roots and the twisted consequences of tyranny. What he discovered in his characters remains remarkably relevant today. With uncanny insight, he shone a spotlight on the infantile psychology and unquenchable narcissistic appetites of demagogues and imagined how they might be stopped. In Tyrant, Stephen Greenblatt examines the themes of power and tyranny in some of Shakespeare's most famous plays -- from the dominating figures of Richard III, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Macbeth, and Coriolanus to the subtle tyranny found in Measure for Measure and The Winter's Tale. Tyrant is a highly relevant exploration of Shakespeare's work that sheds new light on the workings of power.
LCN 1239266
Item ID 315683
Database Library Catalogue