Hamlet's Moment: Drama and Political Knowledge in Early Modern England

ISBN : 9780198822264

Andras Kisery
352 Pages
153 x 234 mm
Pub date
Apr 2018
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Hamlet's Moment reveals how plays written in the first decade of the seventeenth century were shaped by forms of professional political knowledge and by the social promises such knowledge held, and they familiarized their audiences with them.


Introduction: Hamlet's Moment
Part I: Hamlet and the Profession of Politics
1 'The Wiser Sort': The Distinction of Politics and Gabriel Harvey's Machiavellian Hamlet
2 Some Travellers Return: Diplomatic Writing, Political Careers, and the World of Hamlet
3 'I Lack Advancement': Political Agents and Political Servants in Hamlet's Moment
Part II: Political Knowledge and the Public Stage in Hamlet's Moment
4 'Vile and Vulgar Admirations': Chapman and the Public of Political News
5 'The Most Matter with Best Conceyt': The Publics of Tacitean Observation and the Margins of Politics in Jonson's Sejanus
6 'For Discourse's Sake Merely': Political Conversation on the Stage and Off

About the author: 

Andras Kisery is Associate Professor of English at The City College of New York (CUNY). He is co-editor of Formal Matters: Reading the Materials of English Renaissance Literature (Manchester University Press, 2013). He has published articles about early modern English literature in the contexts of political culture and the history of the book in European Journal of English Studies, Philological Quarterly, and English Literary History. He is writing a book about the influence of the national and international topographies of the book-trade on the production and reception of early modern English writing called 'Books, Space, and English Literature'.

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