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Hamlet's Choice: Religion and Resistance in Shakespeare's Revenge Tragedies

Peter Lake

Abstract

This incisive book reveals how in Titus Andronicus and Hamlet, Shakespeare worked through a range of Tudor anxieties, including concerns about the nature of justice, resistance, and salvation. In both Hamlet and Titus, the princes are faced with successions forged under questionable circumstances and they each have a choice: whether or not to resort to political violence. The unfolding action, the book argues, is best understood in terms of contemporary debates about the legitimacy of resistance and the relation between religion and politics. Relating the plays to their broader political and p ... More

Keywords: Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth, religious conflict, Titus Andronicus, Hamlet, post-Reformation England, revenge, resistance, religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780300247817
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300247817.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Lake, author
Vanderbilt University