Robert Greene on the Relentless Rebel

January 16, 2019 David Hurley 0

I spent this afternoon listening to the Audible version of Robert Greene’s The Laws of Human Nature (narrated by Paul Michael), which I also blogged about – here – a few days ago. I especially enjoyed the section in the fourth chapter devoted to toxic personality types. amzn_assoc_tracking_id = “clevercuckoon-20”; [Read more…]

Cressida, Isabella & Helena: Three Problematic Heroines

August 7, 2015 David Hurley 0

Shakespeare, Machiavellian Prudence and Integrity by David Hurley A Presentation for the Shakespeare & Modern Authors Society 県立広島大学 September 2015   My paper will look at how prudential considerations place pressure upon the apparent integrity of various characters and the responsive strategies which those characters – and Shakespeare in his representation [Read more…]

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Fratricide in Hamlet: A Machiavellian Perspective

September 1, 2014 David Hurley 0

What follows are some ad hoc notes towards a 30-minute presentation I am to give to the Shakespeare and Contemporary Authors Society Annual Conference at the Kenritsu Hiroshima Daigaku on 6th September to an audience of Japanese professors and lecturers of English literature. The presentation will be given in English. [Read more…]

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Machiavelli Summed Up in 56 Well-Chosen Words

June 8, 2014 David Hurley 0

I am reading Then and Now by Somerset Maugham. On the first page Maugham deftly sums up Machiavelli’s thought in 56 well-chosen words: Machiavelli cherished the conviction that men are always the same and have the same passions, so that when circumstances are similar the same causes must lead to [Read more…]

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Machiavelli And His Influence On Shakespeare

August 17, 2010 David Hurley 2

This post is based on a lecture given by David Hurley to Sekkai O Miru Kai, Hiroshima, 2009. Who Was Machiavelli? Niccolo Machiavelli was born in Renaissance Florence on 3rd May 1469. The Renaissance was a time of renewed classical learning, of discovered continents and rediscovered manuscripts, progress in the [Read more…]

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In The Beginning There Was Terror

August 25, 2008 David Hurley 0

“Machiavelli‘s return to the beginning means return to the primeval or original terror which precedes every man-made terror, which explains why the founder must use terror and which enables him to use terror. Machiavelli‘s return to the beginning means return to the terror inherent in man’s situation, to man’s essential [Read more…]

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Robert Greene: The 48 Laws of Power

April 6, 2008 David Hurley 0

Robert Greene has written a book in the tradition of Machiavelli. He illustrates his “laws” with historical examples of what happens when they are followed or transgressed. Each chapter concludes with a section discussing the reversal of the law. The book is charmingly laid out with the main narrative flanked by fables, anecdotes and maxims. But a question arises: Is Greene’s rhetorical display of [Read more…]