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The Spanish empire in the pen of Shakespeare: diplomacy and drama in the transition of the sixteenth century to seventeenth

Grant number: 11/11382-6
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2011
Effective date (End): June 30, 2012
Field of knowledge:Humanities - History - Modern and Contemporary History
Principal Investigator:Iris Kantor
Grantee:Ricardo Cardoso
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


Based on the analysis of the dramatic works of William Shakespeare, this research pretends to explore the political and diplomatic relations between the English monarchy and the Spanish empire in the transition of the sixteenth century to seventeenth. It starts from the presupposition that Shakespeare - through his spectacles - was an attentive observer of international politics. Through some characters, plots and stage settings, he sought to portray the main dilemmas of British diplomacy in the golden age of Hispanic power. A critical analysis of his plays will help us to understand the cultural projections shared by the British in relation to the Spanish empire and, in particular, to the Spaniards. We will seek to identify how Shakespeare translated these images to the theatrical language in a time of rising imperial dispute. (AU)

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