Political Capital and Renaissance Drama
Bard on Bainbridge
Like the Bible, the work of William Shakespeare is often appropriated to serve local political and economic ends.
This presentation considers some recent high profile examples, including honorific and disparaging analogies between George W. Bush and Henry the Fifth.
These current uses are examined in light of Shakespeare's overall consideration of human behavior in the political arena and some controversies of his own time.
Henry V, the film directed by Kenneth Branagh