Love: <i>As You Like It</i>

Andy Mousley

in Re-Humanising Shakespeare

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780748623181
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652211 | DOI:
Love: As You Like It

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This chapter investigates the intimate connection in As You Like It between living well and loving well. As You Like It (1599–1600) presents a variety of subaltern custodians of the human. The loyalty and love of the feudal retainer, Adam, for example, are nostalgically inscribed by Orlando as one kind of literary humanist lesson in how to live. Celia's dilemma can be connected to that aspect of modernity. For the dalliance of Orlando and Rosalind's courtship, designed, amongst other things, to confront Orlando with the mismatch between reality and romantic projection, Oliver and Celia substitute the rush of impatient desire, represented in the bestial as well as militaristic language of the Petrarchan tradition, in terms of conflict and conquest.

Keywords: human; loyalty; love; Adam; Orlando; Celia; Rosalind; courtship

Chapter.  8122 words. 

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism

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