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‘I'll see their trial first’: Law and Disorder in Lear's Animal Kingdom

Andreas Höfele

in Stage, Stake, and Scaffold: Humans and Animals in Shakespeare's Theatre

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199567645
eISBN:
9780191731075
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567645.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

Shakespeare’s arguably most searching investigation into the nature of the human, King Lear, also offers his most varied and polysemous zoology. Older interpretations that see in the play a telos of ... More


Stage, Stake, and Scaffold: Humans and Animals in Shakespeare's Theatre

Andreas Höfele

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199567645
eISBN:
9780191731075
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567645.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

The book argues that powerful exchanges between stage, stake and scaffold – the theatre, the beargarden and the spectacle of public execution – crucially informed Shakespeare’s explorations into the ... More


‘What beast was't then’: Stretching the Boundaries in Macbeth

Andreas Höfele

in Stage, Stake, and Scaffold: Humans and Animals in Shakespeare's Theatre

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199567645
eISBN:
9780191731075
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567645.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

An initial charting of the field, the first chapter centres on Macbeth, a play that probes into what ‘may become a man’ across a precariously permeable line of species distinction and compellingly ... More


Revels' End: The Tempest and After

Andreas Höfele

in Stage, Stake, and Scaffold: Humans and Animals in Shakespeare's Theatre

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199567645
eISBN:
9780191731075
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567645.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

The Tempest is Shakespeare’s final staging of the link between stage, stake and scaffold, which broke down after the Restoration. The indeterminacy of the play’s setting – ... More


Hamlet’s Debt to Spenser’s Mother Hubberds Tale: A Satire on Robert Cecil?

Rachel E. Hile

in Shakespeare and Spenser: Attractive Opposites

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719079627
eISBN:
9781781701058
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719079627.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter discusses the use of animal imagery in Hamlet and Mother Hubberds Tale. It observes that most analyses of the animal imagery in these plays focus on iconographic and symbolic meanings ... More


Poor, Bare, Forked: Animal Happiness and the Zoographic Critique of Humanity

Laurie Shannon

in The Accommodated Animal: Cosmopolity in Shakespearean Locales

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226924168
eISBN:
9780226924182
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226924182.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

In Shakespeare’s King Lear, Lear considers the naked Edgar to be mad, that the unaccommodated man has dissolved into nothing but a “poor, bare, forked animal,” a statement which is, in essence, a ... More


Hang-Dog Looks: From Subjects at Law to Objects of Science in Animal Trials

Laurie Shannon

in The Accommodated Animal: Cosmopolity in Shakespearean Locales

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226924168
eISBN:
9780226924182
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226924182.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

A “hang-dog look” refers to the conscious look of guilt, or the fear and anticipation of punishment or shame, and is a deflated look often describing human defendants in courtrooms and the ordinary ... More


The Accommodated Animal: Cosmopolity in Shakespearean Locales

Laurie Shannon

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226924168
eISBN:
9780226924182
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226924182.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

Shakespeare wrote of lions, shrews, horned toads, curs, mastiffs, and hellhounds, but the word “animal” itself only appears very rarely in his work, which was in keeping with sixteenth-century usage. ... More


Creatures and Cosmopolitans: Before “the Animal”

Laurie Shannon

in The Accommodated Animal: Cosmopolity in Shakespearean Locales

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226924168
eISBN:
9780226924182
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226924182.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

Charles Darwin’s work laid out his case for a “community of descent” between humans and animals in 1871. For years, there were two major resources that converged to shape the notion of “the ... More


The Law’s First Subjects: Animal Stakeholders, Human Tyranny, and the Political Life of Early Modern Genesis

Laurie Shannon

in The Accommodated Animal: Cosmopolity in Shakespearean Locales

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226924168
eISBN:
9780226924182
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226924182.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

During Shakespeare’s time, attributions of a wild and “beastly” ferocity, or an animalistic taste for blood of tyrants, were received merely as common rhetoric. A tyrant, as John Ponet called him ... More


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