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Moć ljubavi i ljubav prema moći
Playing the Role

Power of Love and Love of Power in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

Author(s): Ljubica Matek
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Literary Texts, Studies of Literature, Philology, Drama
Published by: Filozofski fakultet, Sveučilište Josipa Jurja Strossmayera, Osijek
Keywords: Shakespeare; Twelfth Night; power; Elizabethan England

Summary/Abstract: The author uses a methodological approach similar to one of New Historicism to give a new reading of Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night, or What You Will. The play represents both a literary and a historical document which repeats the pattern of appropriating and exercising power used by Queen Elizabeth I. This reading reveals a new interpretative layer of Shakespeare’s seemingly apolitical comedy about mistaken identity and unrequited love which is resolved in a likewise seemingly typical happy ending that includes three marriages. A parallel analysis of text and context will show that Twelfth Night is a socially subversive text which points to the conclusion that masking seems to be a necessary prerequisite for achieving personal and political goals, both in the fictional context of the play and in the historical context of Elizabethan England.

  • Issue Year: 1/2014
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 177-196
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Croatian
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