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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


King Lear and the State of Nature

Alex Schulman

in Rethinking Shakespeare's Political Philosophy: From Lear to Leviathan

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780748682416
eISBN:
9781474406383
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748682416.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter concentrates on King Lear and the dialogue between Shakespeare and modern political theory, particularly the concepts of ‘social contract’ and ‘state of nature’. Through King Lear, ... More


Brave New Worlds

Alex Schulman

in Rethinking Shakespeare's Political Philosophy: From Lear to Leviathan

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780748682416
eISBN:
9781474406383
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748682416.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This concluding chapter affirms that long before contemporary critical theory, social contract's most famous theorists have already discussed that control is the disturbing mirror of consent. John ... More


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