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Shakespeare's Histories: A Guide to Criticism

Emma Smith (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-631-22007-7
304 pages
October 2003, Wiley-Blackwell
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This Guide steers students through four centuries of critical writing on Shakespeare’s history plays, enhancing their enjoyment and broadening their critical repertoire.

  • Guides students through four centuries of critical writing on Shakespeare’s history plays.
  • Covers both significant early views and recent critical interventions.
  • Substantial editorial material links the articles and places them in context.
  • Annotated suggestions for further reading allow students to investigate further.
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Preface.

Acknowledgements.

1. The Development of Criticism of Shakespeare’s Histories:.

2. Genre:.

Overview.

Marjorie Garber, ‘Descanting on Deformity: Richard III and the Shape of History’.

Paola Pugliatti, ‘Time, Space and the Instability of History in the Henry IV sequence’.

3. Language:.

Overview.

Harry Berger, ‘Psychoanalysing the Shakespeare text: The first three scenes of the Henriad’.

Sandra Fischer, ‘He Means to Pay’: Value and Metaphor in the Lancastrian Tetralogy.

4. Gender and Sexuality:.

Overview.

Leah Marcus, ‘Elizabeth’.

Jean Howard and Phyllis Rackin, ‘King John’.

5. History and Politics:.

Overview.

Andrew Murphy, ‘Shakespeare’s Irish History’.

Graham Holderness, ‘What Ish My Nation?’ Shakespeare and National Identities.

6. Performance:.

Overview.

Margaret Shewring, ‘In the Context of English History’.

Alan Dessen, ‘Stagecraft and Imagery in Shakespeare’s Henry VI’.

Index

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Emma Smith is Fellow of Hertford College and Lecturer in English at Oxford University. Her publications include Thomas Kyd: The Spanish Tragedie (ed. 1998) and Shakespeare in Production: Henry V (2000), as well as two other edited volumes in the Blackwell Guides to Criticism series: Shakespeare's Comedies (2004) and Shakespeare's Tragedies (2004)
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  • Guides students through four centuries of critical writing on Shakespeare’s history plays.
  • Covers both significant early views and recent critical interventions.
  • Substantial editorial material links the articles and places them in context.
  • Annotated suggestions for further reading allow students to investigate further.
See More

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