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Shakespeare for Freedom: Why the Plays Matter
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marco
2017-05-16 01:06:43 UTC
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After the palaver of wall-to-wall Shakespeare during the past five years –
the London Olympic Games opening ceremony in 2012, 2014’s celebration of
the playwright’s 450th birthday, the 2016 overdose of Shakespeariana
to commemorate the 400th anniversary of his death – Ewan Fernie worries
that “there is a real and frankly reasonable danger of everybody without a
vested interest in the playwright simply getting sick of him”. There’s
selfless virtue in those pointed words, “vested interest”, since Fernie would
be sawing off the branch on which he is (and I am) sitting. While the
cultural ubiquity of Shakespeare silently reinforces the liberal
humanist assumption that these plays have survived because of their inherent
or transcendent value, Fernie bravely, like the boy wondering out loud about
the emperor’s new clothes, dares to ask, “What good is Shakespeare?”


https://www.timeshighereducation.com/books/review-shakespeare-for-freedom-ewan-fernie-cambridge-university-press

marc
marco
2017-05-16 05:56:07 UTC
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freedom

Liberty! freedom! tyranny is dead! Julius Caesar: III, i
My heart mine eye the freedom of that right. Sonnets: XLVI
You cannot with such freedom purge yourself, King Henry VIII: V, i

With the arm'd rest, courtiers and beauteous freedom, Antony and Cleopatra: II, vi
Upon your charter and your city's freedom. Merchant of Venice: IV, i
Or a keeper with my freedom; Timon of Athens: I, ii

Of comfort, kingdom, kindred, freedom, life. King Richard III: IV, iv
Let's all cry 'peace, freedom and liberty!' Julius Caesar: III, i
Hey-day, freedom! The Tempest: II, ii

Having my freedom, boast of nothing else King Richard II: I, iii
freedom lives hence, and banishment is here. King Lear: I, i
Why, what concerns his freedom unto me? King Henry VI, part I: V, iii

Where I have lived at honest freedom, paid Cymbeline: III, iii
Verily, I speak it in the freedom of my knowledge: The Winter's Tale: I, i
To give my poor host freedom. Coriolanus: I, ix

Though age from folly could not give me freedom, Antony and Cleopatra: I, iii
The truth, I had as lief have the foppery of freedom Measure for Measure: I, ii
Shall I play my freedom at traytrip, and become thy Twelfth Night: II, v

Now, madam, may his highness live in freedom, King Henry VIII: I, ii
If of my freedom 'tis the main part, take Cymbeline: V, iv
I gain'd my freedom, and immediately The Comedy of Errors: V, i

Have an immediate freedom of repeal. Julius Caesar: III, i
And, romans, fight for freedom in your choice. Titus Andronicus: I, i
And doth impeach the freedom of the state, Merchant of Venice: III, ii

freedom, hey-day! hey-day, freedom! freedom, The Tempest: II, ii
'liberty, freedom, and enfranchisement!' Julius Caesar: III,

William Shakespeare, writer
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2017-05-16 19:43:19 UTC
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freedom
Liberty! freedom! tyranny is dead! Julius Caesar: III, i
My heart mine eye the freedom of that right. Sonnets: XLVI
You cannot with such freedom purge yourself, King Henry VIII: V, i
With the arm'd rest, courtiers and beauteous freedom, Antony and Cleopatra: II, vi
Upon your charter and your city's freedom. Merchant of Venice: IV, i
Or a keeper with my freedom; Timon of Athens: I, ii
Of comfort, kingdom, kindred, freedom, life. King Richard III: IV, iv
Let's all cry 'peace, freedom and liberty!' Julius Caesar: III, i
Hey-day, freedom! The Tempest: II, ii
Having my freedom, boast of nothing else King Richard II: I, iii
freedom lives hence, and banishment is here. King Lear: I, i
Why, what concerns his freedom unto me? King Henry VI, part I: V, iii
Where I have lived at honest freedom, paid Cymbeline: III, iii
Verily, I speak it in the freedom of my knowledge: The Winter's Tale: I, i
To give my poor host freedom. Coriolanus: I, ix
Though age from folly could not give me freedom, Antony and Cleopatra: I, iii
The truth, I had as lief have the foppery of freedom Measure for Measure: I, ii
Shall I play my freedom at traytrip, and become thy Twelfth Night: II, v
Now, madam, may his highness live in freedom, King Henry VIII: I, ii
If of my freedom 'tis the main part, take Cymbeline: V, iv
I gain'd my freedom, and immediately The Comedy of Errors: V, i
Have an immediate freedom of repeal. Julius Caesar: III, i
And, romans, fight for freedom in your choice. Titus Andronicus: I, i
And doth impeach the freedom of the state, Merchant of Venice: III, ii
freedom, hey-day! hey-day, freedom! freedom, The Tempest: II, ii
'liberty, freedom, and enfranchisement!' Julius Caesar: III,
William Shakespeare, writer
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