1. The Development of Criticism of Shakespeare’s Histories:.
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’.
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:.
Leah Marcus, ‘Elizabeth’.
Jean Howard and Phyllis Rackin, ‘King John’.
5. History and Politics:.
Andrew Murphy, ‘Shakespeare’s Irish History’.
Graham Holderness, ‘What Ish My Nation?’ Shakespeare and National Identities.
Margaret Shewring, ‘In the Context of English History’.
Alan Dessen, ‘Stagecraft and Imagery in Shakespeare’s Henry VI’.
- 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.