A TALE OF TWO STATES: DEEP AND PARALLEL STATES IN SHAKESPEARE’S JULIUS CAESAR
Re-reading of Shakespeare has undergone significant transformations in the last few decades, for Shakespeare’s plays always have something to say about the time they are read. The strong relationship between drama and political sciences is another factor for Shakespeare adaptations and appropriations. Instead of speaking about specific events describing the way they occur, Shakespearean plays reveal truths behind the so-called and perceived truths, not what is visible but what is invisible, not what happens but what could happen, focusing on historical, political and sociological probabilities and prophecies. Shakespeare’s plays are a storehouse for such probabilities and prophecies. In his Roman tragedies, Shakespearescripted many ideas, probabilities and prophecies about the concepts of state and politics, which seem to belong to our own modern times. This study aims to reread Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar on the basis of political context with reference to two contemporary political concepts: deep state and parallel state.
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