Richard III: A Critical Reader

Richard III: A Critical Reader

by Annaliese Connolly
     
 

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Charting the ruthless rise and fall of the villainous king, Richard III remains one of Shakespeare's most enduringly discussed and oft-performed plays. Assembled by leading scholars, this guide provides a comprehensive survey of major issues in the contemporary study of the play.

Throughout the book survey chapters explore such issues as the play's…  See more details below

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Charting the ruthless rise and fall of the villainous king, Richard III remains one of Shakespeare's most enduringly discussed and oft-performed plays. Assembled by leading scholars, this guide provides a comprehensive survey of major issues in the contemporary study of the play.

Throughout the book survey chapters explore such issues as the play's critical reception from Dr Johnson to postmodern readings in the 21st century; the performance history of the play, from Shakespeare's day to more recent stagings by Laurence Olivier and Ian McKellen; key themes in current scholarship, from disability to gender and nationalism; Richard III on film, including Al Pacino's Looking for Richard.

Richard III: A Critical Guide also includes a complete guide to resources available on the play - including critical editions, online resources and an annotated bibliography - and how they might be used to aid both the teaching and study of Shakespeare's play.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
03/15/2014
The essays in this book about Shakespeare's "tragical history" of Richard "Crookback" Gloucester, the disgraced King of England, edited by Connolly (English, Sheffield Hallam Univ.), deal with Richard as a contradiction of king and tyrant, while also delving into more current discussion topics for reading the play, such as disability theory, where to place the piece in terms of genre, and the history of the play on film. While each essay has its own fascinating points, the volume as a whole wobbles between being a sweepingly general summary of the current criticism and a much closer inspection of esoteric themes. While some essays, such as Adele Lee's "Richard III as an Arab V.I.P." about an Arab theater company's documentary of the play, are quick reads, Rebecca Lemon's "New Directions," on the state of tyranny in medieval Britain, is a chore if it's not your chosen field. The book does end, however, with an exhaustive list of helpful resources (including many other volumes in the "Arden Shakespeare" series) to aid in teaching and investigating the work yourself. VERDICT This title will be useful to those in college Shakespeare classes who are delving deep into research, but it may be a little too dry and too much for everyday readers.—Nick Philpott, Cincinnati

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781472538949
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
10/24/2013
Series:
Arden Early Modern Drama Guides
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
File size:
814 KB

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Annaliese Connolly is Senior Lecturer in English at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. She is Managing Editor of Early Modern Literary Studies.
Annaliese Connolly is Senior Lecturer in English at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. She is Managing Editor of Early Modern Literary Studies.

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