Shakespeare and the Ethics of War

Shakespeare and the Ethics of War

by Patrick Gray (Editor)


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How does Shakespeare represent war? This volume reviews scholarship to date on the question and introduces new perspectives, looking at contemporary conflict through the lens of the past. Through his haunting depiction of historical bloodshed, including the Trojan War, the fall of the Roman Republic, and the Wars of the Roses, Shakespeare illuminates more recent political violence, ranging from the British occupation of Ireland to the Spanish Civil War, the Balkans War, and the past several decades of U. S. military engagement in Iraq and Afghanistan. Can a war be just? What is the relation between the ruler and the ruled? What motivates ethnic violence? Shakespeare’s plays serve as the frame for careful explorations of perennial problems of human co-existence: the politics of honor, the ethics of diplomacy, the responsibility of non-combatants, and the tension between idealism and Realpolitik.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781789202625
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/13/2019
Series: Shakespeare & , #5
Pages: 170
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.37(d)

About the Author

Patrick Gray is Associate Professor of English Studies at Durham University. He is the author of Shakespeare and the Fall of the Roman Republic (Edinburgh University Press, 2018), co-editor with Lars Engle and William M. Hamlin of Shakespeare and Montaigne (Edinburgh University Press, 2020), and co-editor with John D. Cox of Shakespeare and Renaissance Ethics (Cambridge University Press, 2014). His essays have appeared or are forthcoming in T extual Practice, Shakespeare Survey, Shakespeare Jahrbuch, Comparative Drama and The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Shakespeare and War: Honour at the Stake

Patrick Gray

Chapter 2. Shakespeare in Sarajevo: Theatrical and Cinematic Encounters with the Balkans War

Sara Soncini

Chapter 3. John of Lancaster’s Negotiation with the Rebels in 2 Henry IV : Fifteenth-Century Northern England as Sixteenth-Century Ireland

Jane Yeang Chui Wong

Chapter 4. Shakespeare’s Unjust Wars

Franziska Quabeck

Chapter 5. Sine Dolore: Relative Painlessness in Shakespeare’s Laughter at War

Daniel Derrin

Chapter 6. The Better Part of Stolen Valour: Counterfeits, Comedy and the Supreme Court

David Currell

Chapter 7. Hamletism in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-39

Jesús Tronch

Chapter 8. Where Character Is King: Gregory Doran’s Henriad

Alice Dailey

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