Shakespeare - Henry V

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Matthew Woodcock provides a survey of the critical responses to this popular play, as well as the key debates and developments, from the seventeenth century to the present day. Leading the reader through material chronologically, the Guide summarizes and assesses key interpretations, setting them in their intellectual and historical context.

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Overview

Matthew Woodcock provides a survey of the critical responses to this popular play, as well as the key debates and developments, from the seventeenth century to the present day. Leading the reader through material chronologically, the Guide summarizes and assesses key interpretations, setting them in their intellectual and historical context.

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Notes on the Texts

Introduction Situating Henry V within the context of Medieval and Tudor historiography and outlining the rest of the Guide

Ch. 1 Making the Text: Date, Sources, Textual History 10

Ch. 2 The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries: Neoclassicism and Early Editions 24

Ch. 3 The Nineteenth Century: Romantic and Victorian Interpretation 38

Ch. 4 The Early Twentieth Century: What Makes a Good King? 58

Ch. 5 The Mid-Twentieth Century: History, War and Epic 76

Ch. 6 The Mid- to Late Twentieth Century: Ambivalence and Play 94

Ch. 7 The Later Twentieth Century and Beyond: Power, Subversion and Masculinity 108

Ch. 8 A Play for the New Millennium : Nationhood, Memory and Just War 133

Conclusion: Continuing to look ahead to future criticism on Henry V and some of the challenges and caveats to consider 148

Notes 151

Select bibliography 167

Index 171

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