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Queenship and Power

Shakespeare’s Foreign Queens

Drama, Politics, and the Enemy Within

Authors: Logan, Sandra

  • Present an innovative focus on foreign queens in Shakespeare 
  • Brings together questions of early modern and contemporary political theory, early modern queenship, and themes of identity and alterity, hospitality and exile
  • Appeals to scholars of political theory, feminist theory, Shakespeare, and early modern English history
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About this book

This book examines Shakespeare’s depiction of foreign queens as he uses them to reveal and embody tensions within early modern English politics. Linking early modern and contemporary political theory and concerns through the concepts of fragmented identity, hospitality, citizenship, and banishment, Sandra Logan takes up a set of questions not widely addressed by scholars of early modern queenship. How does Shakespeare’s representation of these queens challenge the opposition between friend and enemy that ostensibly defines the context of the political? And how do these queens expose the abusive potential of the sovereign? Focusing on Katherine of Aragon in Henry VIII, Hermione in The Winter’s Tale, Tamora in Titus Andronicus, and Margaret in the first history tetralogy, Logan considers them as means for exploring conditions of vulnerability, alienation, and exclusion common to subjects of every social position, exposing the sovereign himself as the true enemy of the state.

About the authors

Sandra Logan is Associate Professor of Early Modern Literature and Culture in the Department of English at Michigan State University, USA, and Director of the Citizen Scholars Program for the MSU College of Arts and Letters.

Reviews

“Sandra Logan has succeeded in providing a new perspective through which to view issues of sovereignty, politics, and national identity in Shakespeare’s plays.  Her focus on foreign queens draws attention to those liminal and contradictory figures who problematize prevailing ideas about monarchy by their status as both consort to the king and potential enemy to the state. This incisive and sophisticated study makes an original and significant contribution to the field.” (Dympna C. Callaghan, University Professor and William L. Safire Professor of Modern Letters, Syracuse University, USA)

“Shakespeare's Foreign Queens is a study of royal sovereignty and the limits to which it is subject. Concentrating on four queens who are closely identified by their foreign origins—Katherine of Aragon, Tamora, Hermione and Margaret of Anjou—Sandra Logan brings into detailed focus the forms of citizenship and subjectivity in Shakespeare's plays and the legal and moral constraints to which royal authority is, or should be, subject. The place of the alien within the commonweal helps define the rights and responsibilities of native citizens while, as the four varied chapters show, committed queenship is essential to the stability of the body politic. Historicism and feminism combine in this illuminating study.” (Richard Dutton, Professor of English, Queen’s University Belfast, Ireland, and Academy Professor of English, Ohio State University, USA)

“Political systems with the potential to prove destructive to the state is a topical issue that concerned many early modern political theorists.  Vulnerable citizens faced alienation and exclusion when the monarchy lapsed into a tyrannical state.  Foreign queens entering social and political systems as outsiders were especially vulnerable as their security depended upon the good will and protection of the monarchy.  Shakespeare’s Foreign Queens provides four compelling case studies of Shakespeare’s queens to illustrate ways in which vulnerable queens exercised power to protect and preserve their status within the state.  Their individual situations anticipate strikingly similar challenges and political issues that contemporary citizens and subjects face today, which makes this study especially relevant for those concerned with today’s political issues.” (Debra Barrett-Graves, Professor Emeritus, California State University, East Bay, USA)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction: Foreign Queens, Abusive Sovereignty, and Political Theory in the Past and the Present

    Logan, Sandra

    Pages 1-59

  • Katherine of Aragon’s Fragmented Identity in Henry VIII

    Logan, Sandra

    Pages 61-109

  • The Friend, the Enemy, the Wife, and the Guest: Conditional and Unconditional Hospitality in The Winter’s Tale

    Logan, Sandra

    Pages 111-157

  • Strange Bedfellows: Friend, Enemy, and the Commonweal in Titus Andronicus

    Logan, Sandra

    Pages 159-208

  • Margaret and the Ban: Resistances to Sovereign Authority in Henry VI 1, 2, & 3 and Richard III

    Logan, Sandra

    Pages 209-260

Buy this book

eBook $64.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-53484-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-53483-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Shakespeare’s Foreign Queens
Book Subtitle
Drama, Politics, and the Enemy Within
Authors
Series Title
Queenship and Power
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-53484-2
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-53484-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-53483-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 279
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