Shakespeare and Happiness
Shakespeare and Happiness is a study of attitudes to happiness in the early modern period and in Shakespeare’s plays. It considers the conflicting influences of religion and Aristotelian philosophy in shaping attitudes to the possibility of attaining happiness.
By being the first book to focus specifically on the representation of happiness in Shakespeare’s plays, it contributes to
- feminist approaches to Shakespeare by foregrounding the important role of women in showing the right way to live and achieve happiness.
- timely criticism, as it considers Shakespeare in the current context of the #MeToo movement
- providing new insights to studies of the emotions by approaching them from the perspective of research conducted by positive psychologists.
This book takes an interdisciplinary approach that combines methodologies from literature, psychology philosophy, religion and history, emphasizing the richness and complexity of Shakespeare’s exploration of the nature of happiness.