Article

Empire

Brian C. Lockey

in The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199566105
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199566105.013.0034

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Empire

More Like This

Show all results sharing these subjects:

  • Literature
  • Shakespeare Studies and Criticism

GO

Show Summary Details

Preview

The ancient Roman Empire loomed large in the early modern imagination. Shakespeare wrote and co-wrote a number of plays and poems about ancient Rome, the most important of which, Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra, recount the last days of the Roman Republic and the empire's foundation. His late play, Cymbeline, reflects the early modern tensions within English and British imperial ideology concerning identification with and rejection of Roman imperialism. More than any other Shakespeare play, The Tempest lends itself to the topic of empire, directly addressing the related subject of how to justify the conquest of overseas populations and the colonization of unfamiliar lands.

Keywords: Roman Empire; William Shakespeare; Cymbeline; Roman imperialism; British imperial ideology; Julius Caesar; Antony and Cleopatra; Tempest

Article.  9067 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Shakespeare Studies and Criticism

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.