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Catherine M. S. Alexander, ed. Shakespeare and Politics.
Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004. viii + 268 pp. index. illus. $70 (cl), $24.99 (pbk). ISBN: 0-521-83623-9 (cl), 0-521-54481-5 (pbk).
The first chapter of Shakespeare and Politics attempts to corral the fairly heterogeneous selection of fifteen essays that follows into "a range of interlinked thematic clusters" (2). This task proves difficult: the articles that Catherine Alexander has selected are uniformly strong but complex, qualified, and suggestive. As a result, they do not lend themselves easily to summation. However, all the articles that follow the opening chapter have …