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Philosophical Readings of Shakespeare

“Thou Art the Thing Itself”

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Margherita Pascucci
    Pages 1-8
  3. Margherita Pascucci
    Pages 9-27
  4. Margherita Pascucci
    Pages 29-50
  5. Margherita Pascucci
    Pages 51-91
  6. Margherita Pascucci
    Pages 93-121
  7. Margherita Pascucci
    Pages 123-169
  8. Margherita Pascucci
    Pages 171-195
  9. Margherita Pascucci
    Pages 197-212
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 213-275

About this book


This book offers a close philosophical reading of King Lear and Timon of Athens which provides insights into the groundbreaking ontological discourse on poverty and money. Analysis of the discourse of poverty and the critique of money helps to read Shakespeare philosophically and opens new reflections on central questions of our own time.


Hamlet King Lear Macbeth philosophy poverty William Shakespeare

About the authors

Margherita Pascucci has a PhD from New York University, USA and a Doctor Philosophiae from Viadrina Universität, Germany. She was the Marie Curie Fellow at Royal Holloway, UK from 2008-2010. She is the author of three monographs in Italian Causa sui. Saggio sul capitale e il virtuale, La Potenza della povertà. Marx legge Spinoza, and Il Pensiero di Walter Benjamin. Un'Introduzione.

Bibliographic information


"This a bravura book, one that has much to teach contemporary Shakespeare studies." - Shakespeare Quarterly

"This difficult but rewarding study focuses on the representation of subjectivityand value in four of Shakespeare's tragedies." - Renaissance Quarterly

"This is an unusual book, a wild book at times, but such is the timely topic of poverty. What drives it to its scholarly and not always scholarly the author calls it 'political' conclusion, is the new sense of history that is imminent in poverty as it is in Shakespeare." - Anselm Haverkamp, New York University, USA