Troilus and Cressida | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Matthew A. Greenfield

This literature criticism consists of approximately 32 pages of analysis & critique of Troilus and Cressida.
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Critical Essay by Matthew A. Greenfield

SOURCE: Greenfield, Matthew A. “Fragments of Nationalism in Troilus and Cressida.Shakespeare Quarterly 51, no. 2 (summer 2000): 181-200.

In the following essay, Greenfield argues that by depicting Troy as decadent and corrupt in Troilus and Cressida, Shakespeare undercut England's efforts to build national pride by connecting its ancestry as a nation to the heroic and ancient city of Troy.

Literary critics largely agree that Shakespeare's history plays raised troubling questions about who qualified as a member of the national community.1 Problematic cases include: the Scots, the Welsh, and the Irish; bastards; ethnic half-breeds; foreign brides; women generally; and sometimes all non-aristocrats. Still, though, despite these questions and anxieties, Shakespeare's tetralogies and the other English history plays move toward closures in which the nation heals and the dream of community reasserts its claim.

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