Shakespeare and the Truth-Teller: Confronting the Cynic Ideal (Hershinow David)(Paperback)

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Examines the early modern reception of classical Cynicism and the rise of literary realism Promotes a new understanding of the intersection between literary character and ethical character, especially with respect to literature's role in facilitating belief in the revolutionary potential of individual critical agency Deploys the reception history of Diogenes the Cynic as a methodological point of contact between historicist and presentist approaches to Shakespeare Draws new interdisciplinary connections between Shakespeare studies, literary theory, critical theory, and political philosophy Includes novel readings of King Lear, Hamlet, and Timon of Athens as well as other early modern texts and a number of major works of modern philosophy and political theory Highlighting the

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