Free Will: Art and power on Shakespeare's stage by Richard Wilson

By Richard Wilson

unfastened Will: paintings and gear on Shakespeare's degree is a learn of theatre and sovereignty that situates Shakespeare's performs within the contraflow among absolutisms of early smooth England: the cultured and the political. ranging from the dramatist's cringing kin along with his princely consumers, Richard Wilson considers the ways that this 'bending writer' identifies freedom in failure and gear in weak point through staging the endgames of a sovereignty that begs to be let out from itself. The arc of Shakespeare's profession turns into during this entire new interpretation a sustained resistance to either the associations of sacred kingship and literary autonomy that have been rising in his time. In a series of shut fabric readings, unfastened Will exhibits how the performs in its place flip command performances into celebrations of an artwork with no sovereignty, which would 'give satisfaction' yet 'hurt not', and 'leave no longer a rack behind'.

Free Will is a profound rereading of Shakespeare, paintings and gear that might give a contribution to pondering not just in regards to the performs, but additionally approximately aesthetics, modernity, sovereignty and violence.

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