Shakespeare's history plays have been performed in recent years more than ever before throughout Britain, North America, and Europe. This volume is an accessible introduction to Shakespeare's historical and classical plays. Comprehensive in scope, it offers chapters on the individual plays and accounts of the genre of the history play, Renaissance theories of history, and masques and pageants. It compares them with other European history plays, and includes an account of women's roles, genealogical tables and a list of principal and recurrent characters.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Series:||Cambridge Companions to Literature Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)|
Table of Contents
Part I. Contexts: 1. The Shakespearean history play Michael Hattaway; 2. Shakespeare and the early modern history play A. J. Hoenselaars; 3. Pageants, masques, and history David M. Bergeron; 4. Elizabethan historiography and Shakespeare's sources Dominique Goy-Blanquet; 5. Women's roles in the Elizabethan history plays Phyllis Rackin; Part II. The Plays: 6. Plantagenets, Yorkists, Lancastrians, and Tudors: Edward III, 1-3 Henry VI, Richard III Janis Lull; 7. Historical legacy and fiction: the poetical reinvention of King Richard III Marie-Hélène Besnault and Michel Bitot; 8. King John: changing perspectives A. J. Piesse; 9. Richard II: Shakespeare and the languages of the stage Robyn Bolam; 10. Henry IV Parts one and two James C. Bulman; 11. King Henry V: 'The quick forge and working house of thought' Pamela Mason; 12. Shakespeare's ancient Rome: difference and identity Robert S. Miola; 13. Shakespeare's other historical plays R. A. Foakes; 14. Theatrical afterlives Stuart Hampton-Reeves; Part III. Reference Material: Recurrent characters; Family Trees: 1. The Early Plantagenets; 2. The House of Lancaster; 3. The House of York; Bibliography and further reading.