Shakespeare’s Foreign Queens

Drama, Politics, and the Enemy Within

  • Sandra Logan

Part of the Queenship and Power book series (QAP)

About this book


This book examines Shakespeare’s depiction of foreign queens as he uses them to reveal and embody tensions within early modern English politics. Linking early modern and contemporary political theory and concerns through the concepts of fragmented identity, hospitality, citizenship, and banishment, Sandra Logan takes up a set of questions not widely addressed by scholars of early modern queenship. How does Shakespeare’s representation of these queens challenge the opposition between friend and enemy that ostensibly defines the context of the political? And how do these queens expose the abusive potential of the sovereign? Focusing on Katherine of Aragon in Henry VIII, Hermione in The Winter’s Tale, Tamora in Titus Andronicus, and Margaret in the first history tetralogy, Logan considers them as means for exploring conditions of vulnerability, alienation, and exclusion common to subjects of every social position, exposing the sovereign himself as the true enemy of the state.


early modern English politics Katherine of Aragon The Winter's Tale Henry VIII Titus Andronicus early modern political theory early modern queenship alterity feminist theory Shakespeare Richard III embodied sovereignty Margaret of Anjou

Authors and affiliations

  • Sandra Logan
    • 1
  1. 1.Michigan State UniversityEast Lansing, MIUSA

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
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  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-53483-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-53484-2
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