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Entertaining Friends: Falstaff's Parasitology

Judith H. Anderson and Joan Pong Linton

in Go Figure

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780823233496
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241224 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823233496.003.0008
Entertaining Friends: Falstaff's Parasitology

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Shakespeare's frequent friendship pairings can congeal for us in a single figure in the imagination, one that is dyadic rather than binary. Among prominent Shakespearean pairs of this nature we immediately think of the Fool and Lear, Puck and Oberon, Enobarbus and Antony, Parolles and Bertram, among others. Friendship's political implications for the early modern period have been admirably studied by Laurie Shannon in an important examination of “sovereign amity.” The complications raised by representations of entertainer/entertained friendships, however, may invite further consideration of Shannon's argument that Renaissance friendship entails utopian ideals for the polity from its expectation of equality between friends.

Keywords: friends; Shakespeare; sovereign amity; Laurie Shannon; friendship; equality

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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