內容簡介 Uncovers the workings of sovereign power in Shakespeare's history plays Presents a sustained, formalist reading of Shakespeare's history plays Reads Shakespeare's history plays for their contribution to political thought, and to theories of sovereignty Delivers a thorough and wide-ranging formal analysis of Shakespearean body parts, both literal and figurative Presents a particular view of Shakespeare's language-use as baroque, its convolutions contributing to complex articulations of sovereign will Capitalises on current theories of authorship in relation to the history plays in order to assess Shakespeare's particular contribution to how sovereignty is imagined in the late sixteenth century This book provides a sustained, formalist reading of the multiple body parts that litter the dialogue and action of Shakespeare's history plays, including Henry V, Richard III, Richard II, King John and Henry IV. With a starting point in literary critical analyses of these dislocated bodies, the book tracks Shakespeare's relentless pursuit of a specific political question: how does human flesh, blood and bone relate to sovereignty? Griffiths advances our understanding of how human bodies are captured by -- and escape -- the grip of political systems.
作者介紹 Huw Griffiths is Senior Lecturer in Early Modern English Literature, University of Sydney, Australia. He is the author of Hamlet: A Reader's Guide to Essential Criticism (London: Palgrave, 2005) and "Solitude Interrupted: John Ford's Soliloquies" Shakespeare and the Soliloquy, Eds. Daniel Derrin and Anthony Cousins (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, in press), in addition to many journal and book articles.