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Palgrave Macmillan

Philosophical Readings of Shakespeare

"Thou Art the Thing Itself"

ISBN 9781137335357
Publication Date May 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

In his plays, Shakespeare produced a new and unprecedented way of thinking about life, death, power, and their affects. Philosophical Readings of Shakespeare offers close readings of King Lear, Hamlet, Macbeth, and Timon of Athens to provide insight into the ontological discourse of poverty and money. Following Marxian thought, Margherita Pascucci shows how Shakespeare was the first to depict money as a conceptual persona. Ultimately, the book's analysis of the themes of creation, subjectivity, and value opens new reflections on central questions of our time.

Margherita Pascucci has a PhD from New York University, USA and a Doctor Philosophiae from Viadrina Universität, Germany. She was the Marie Curie Fellow at Royal Holloway, UK from 2008-2010. She is the author of three monographs in Italian Causa sui. Saggio sul capitale e il virtuale, La Potenza della povertà. Marx legge Spinoza, and Il Pensiero di Walter Benjamin. Un'Introduzione.

Introduction: Shakespeare and Philosophy
1. Allegory and the Combustion of Representation
2. This is I, Hamlet the Dane
3. Macbeth, multitudinous seas incarnadanine: A Grammar of Power, a Grammar of potentia
4. The Bloody Legislation
5. 'Thou art the thing itself'
6. Timon of Athens: 'Thou the common whore'
7. Conclusion


"This a bravura book, one that has much to teach contemporary Shakespeare studies." - Shakespeare Quarterly "This difficult but rewarding study focuses on the representation of subjectivityand value in four of Shakespeare's tragedies." - Renaissance Quarterly
"This is an unusual book, a wild book at times, but such is the timely topic of poverty. What drives it to its scholarly and not always scholarly – the author calls it 'political' – conclusion, is the new sense of history that is imminent in poverty as it is in Shakespeare." - Anselm Haverkamp, New York University, USA
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