Shakespeare, Dissent and the Cold War
|Publication Date||August 2014|
|Formats||Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF)|
|Series||Palgrave Shakespeare Studies|
Shakespeare, Dissent and the Cold War is the first book to read Shakespeare's drama through the lens of Cold War politics. Rather than simply exploring how Shakespeare's plays were appropriated for political purposes in Communist Central and Eastern Europe, the book uses the Cold War experience of dissenting artists in theatre and film to highlight the coded religio-political subtexts in Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth and The Winter's Tale.
Combining close readings of these plays with their adaptations by dissenting artists in the twentieth century, the study reveals the deep ideological struggles within Shakespeare's drama and within the playwright himself during a period of state oppression and religious violence.