Shakespeare’s Foreign Queens: Drama, Politics, and the Enemy Within (Queenship and Power)

November 29, 2020
Shakespeare’s Foreign Queens: Drama, Politics, and the Enemy Within (Queenship and Power)

This book examines Shakespeare’s depiction of foreign queens ashe uses them to reveal and embody tensions within early modernEnglish politics. Linking early modern and contemporary politicaltheory and concerns through the concepts of fragmented identity,hospitality, citizenship, and banishment, Sandra Logan takes up aset of questions not widely addressed by scholars of early modernqueenship. How does Shakespeare’s representation of these queenschallenge the opposition between friend and enemy that ostensiblydefines the context of the political? And how do these queensexpose the abusive potential of the sovereign? Focusing onKatherine of Aragon in Henry VIII, Hermione in TheWinter’s Tale, Tamora in Titus Andronicus, andMargaret in the first history tetralogy, Logan considers them asmeans for exploring conditions of vulnerability, alienation, andexclusion common to subjects of every social position, exposing thesovereign himself as the true enemy of the state.