Shakespeare the Historian

  • Paola Pugliatti

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

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      Pages 1-12
  3. History ‘with Parted Eye’

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      Pages 13-13
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  4. Cross-Examining Political Issues

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      Pages 75-75
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  5. Thresholds and Margins

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      Pages 179-179
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 246-265

About this book


In a major reassessment of Shakespeare's dominant dramatic genre, Paola Pugliatti explores the historiographical quality of Shakespeare's histories. Her main assumption is that Shakespeare's staging of English history helped to shape a new historiography. In particular, multi-perspectivism in the treatment of political issues produced a problem-oriented kind of historical perspective. This exploited the opportunities offered by the theatrical medium, and inaugurated a drama which portrayed history as a critical outlook on a world of problems and retrospective possibilities, rather than as unconditional belief in, or even worship of, a world of facts.


fiction historiography history William Shakespeare

Authors and affiliations

  • Paola Pugliatti
    • 1
  1. 1.University of FlorenceUK

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