Revolution, Equaliberty and the Citizen-Subject in Shakespeare's Roman Plays Open Access

Amin, Alexander (Spring 2021)

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In this thesis, I read “revolution,” “equaliberty,” and “citizenship” in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, and Titus Andronicus. I am informed by the works of Étienne Balibar, drawing upon “Citizen-Subject,” “The Idea of Revolution” and Equaliberty to develop an understanding of the agency of various characters within the texts and their relationship to the State. Shakespeare and Balibar remind us of the violence we can enact on once another, individually and systemically. However, the two share an optimism for what humanity can be when we are at our best. My reading leads me to reflect upon my position within society, and the responsibilities I have to my own community.

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4 - Introduction

15 - Julius Caesar

35 - Antony and Cleopatra

56 - Titus Andronicus

75 - Conclusion

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