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Shakespeare's once and future child : speculations on sovereignty

Shakespeare's once and future child : speculations on sovereignty / Joseph Campana.
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2024.
Physical Description
258 pages ; 23 cm
"Politicians are fond of saying that "children are the future." How did the child become a figure for our political hopes? Joseph Campana's book locates the source of this idea in transformations of childhood and political sovereignty during the age of Shakespeare, changes spectacularly dramatized by Shakespeare himself. Shakespeare's works feature far more child figures--and more politically entangled children--than other literary or theatrical works of the era. Campana delves into this rich corpus to show how children and childhood expose assumptions about the shape of an ideal polity, the nature of citizenship, the growing importance of population and demographics, and the question of what is or is not human. As our ability to imagine viable futures on our planet feels ever more limited, and as children take up legal proceedings to sue on behalf of the future, it behooves us to understand the way past child figures haunt our conversations about intergenerational justice. Shakespeare offers critical precedents for questions we still struggle to answer"-- Provided by publisher.
Added to Catalog
May 16, 2024
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Part 1: The Child and the Sovereign
Sanctuary Children from Richard III to King John
Specters of Sovereignty: The Ends of Succession from Richard II to Macbeth
Part 2: Shakespeare's Roman Biopoetics
Shakespeare's Increase: Vegetative Life in The Rape of Lucrece and Titus Andronicus
Of Scale and Sovereignty: Boys and Bees in Shakespeare's Rome
Part 3: The Traffic in Children
Double Trouble: Flexible Subjects and Social Numbers in The Comedy of Errors and Twelfth Night
The Traffic in Children: Shipwrecked Shakespeare, Precarious Pericles
Conclusion: H Is for Humanism: The Melancholia of Information in Hamlet and The Winter's Tale.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.

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