The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare's History Plays

The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare's History Plays

by Warren Chernaik
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521671205

ISBN-13: 9780521671200

Pub. Date: 10/31/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Shakespeare's history plays, as fresh today as when they were written, are based upon the assumption that time is not simply a destroyer but a preserver, and that 'examples past' might enable us to understand the present and anticipate the future. This lively 2007 study examines the continuing tradition of Shakespeare's history plays in stage and film productions

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Shakespeare's history plays, as fresh today as when they were written, are based upon the assumption that time is not simply a destroyer but a preserver, and that 'examples past' might enable us to understand the present and anticipate the future. This lively 2007 study examines the continuing tradition of Shakespeare's history plays in stage and film productions as well as giving an account of the critical debate on these plays. Following two introductory chapters giving essential background on the genre, the English history plays are discussed in turn, bringing out the distinctive characteristics of each play: the three early Henry VI plays; the perennial stage favourite Richard III; King John; Richard II; Henry IV 1 and 2, famous for the character of Falstaff; Henry V, which is treated very differently in the film versions by Olivier and Branagh; and Henry VIII. An invaluable introduction to these fascinating and complex plays.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521671200
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/31/2007
Series:
Cambridge Introductions to Literature Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
222
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

1. The uses of history; 2. The wars of the critics; 3. The paper crown: 1, 2, and 3 Henry VI; 4. Determined to be a villain: Richard III; 5. Gain, be my lord: King John; 6. The death of kings: Richard II; 7. Lord of misrule: 1 and 2 Henry IV; 8. Band of brothers: Henry V; 9. Epilogue: Henry VIII; Bibliography.

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