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Re-Humanising Shakespeare

Literary Humanism, Wisdom and Modernity

Andrew Mousley

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Can Shakespeare help us with the question of how to live? Re-Humanising Shakespeare argues that although Shakespeare himself contributed to the uncertainties of modern living, his work can still serve as a source of existential wisdom and guidance.

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Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction: Literary Humanism, Wisdom and Modernity
Part I Denaturing Human Nature
1 Questioning the Human: Hamlet
2 Emptying the Human: Othello
3 Ironising the Human: The Merchant of Venice
4 Historicising the Human, Humanising the Historical: I Henry IV
Part II How to Live
5 Ethics: Macbeth
6 Only Human: Coriolanus
7 Humility: Love's Labour's Lost
8 Love: As You Like It
9 Hope: The Winter's Tale
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index.

About the Author

Andrew Mousley is Senior Lecturer in English at De Montfort University, Leicester. He is the author of Critical Humanisms (2003, with Martin Halliwell), Renaissance Drama and Contemporary Literary Theory (2000) and the editor of New Casebooks: John Donne (1999). He is the co-editor of the Edinburgh Critical Guides to Literature series.