Dr. Mitali P.Wong is Professor of English at Claflin University, South Carolina. She has received teaching awards at her present institution and the previous institution where she taught. Dr. Wong has published articles on Christopher Marlowe, Canadian poet Robert Kroetsch, Asian American writer Bharati Mukherjee, women in Indian films, and the Chinese feminist writer Zhang Jie. She is the first author of The Fiction of South Asians in North America and the Caribbean (2004) co-authored by Zia Hasan.
2006 0-7734-5687-2 Rhetoric in sixteenth century English historical drama is intertwined with character development in relation to contemporary political paradigms. Recurring major political themes are those of strong rulership, stable government, the political responsibilities of the king, the peers, and the commons. Secondary themes are the need for monarchs to please their subjects, the need for both princes and peers to confront political reality with wisdom. This study concludes that Tudor dramatists were making the most of the politics of misunderstanding by exploiting the ambiguity inherent in rhetorical language. Tudor dramatists seriously questioned contemporary political doctrines by using oblique and “politic” rhetoric thereby shedding light upon the past in terms of the present in a fundamentally different way.