Types of time and Shakespeare : a study of Machiavelli, man's character and power-plays.
The thesis is primarily concerned with character in
history. It takes a new look at the topic of the 'old' and
'new' prince. I have carried out a detailed analysis of The.
Discourses and The Prince in relation to The. Twelve Caesars by
Suetonius, showing how Machiavelli produces a character who can
function efficiently in history by avoiding definition or
closure. This is followed by a discussion on Castiglione's The.
Courtier. Here the focus is on sorezzatura which demonstrates
the evanescence and volatility of the courtly persona. The
final section deals in detail with The. Tempest, with reference
also to Richard 11 and mgt. This explores the genre of
these plays in relation to power and power play. The argument
here seeks to show how Machiavellian paradigms far removed from
those traditionally highlighted operate in Shakespeare. The
effect is to produce a reading of The. Tempest which foregrounds
the character of Antonio and offers a new perspective on