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Tyranny and Usurpation: The New Prince and Lawmaking Violence in Early Modern Drama

Doyeeta Majumder


This book examines the fraught relationship between the sixteenth-century formulations of the theories of sovereign violence, tyranny and usurpation and the manifestations of these ideas on the contemporary English stage. It will attempt to trace an evolution of the poetics of English and Scottish political drama through the early, middle, and late decades of the sixteenth-century in conjunction with developments in the political thought of the century, linking theatre and politics through the representations of the problematic figure of the usurper or, in Machiavellian terms, the ‘New Prince’ ... More

Keywords: Tyranny, Usurpation, Sovereignty, Absolutism, Early Modern, Drama, Theatre, Machiavelli, Poiesis, Scotland

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781786941688
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781786941688.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Doyeeta Majumder, author