Arden Early Modern Drama Guides offer students and academics practical and accessible introductions to the critical and performance contexts of key Elizabethan and Jacobean plays. Essays from leading international scholars give invaluable insight into the text by presenting a range of critical perspectives, making the books ideal companions for study and research.
Key features include:
Essays on the play's critical and performance history
A keynote essay on current research and thinking about the play
A selection of new essays by leading scholars
A survey of resources to direct students' further reading about the play in print and online
This volume offers a thought-provoking guide to King Henry V, surveying the play's rich critical and performance history, with a particular emphasis on its reputation in France as well as Britain and the US. A chapter on non-Anglophone reactions to the play, alongside new essays on British identity, religion, medieval warfare and the questioning of Henry V's heroism, open up ground-breaking perspectives on the play. The volume also includes discussions of King Henry V's rich theatrical and filmic heritage, and a guide to learning and teaching resources and how these might be integrated into effective pedagogic strategies in the classroom.
About the Author
Karen Britland is Professor of Early Modern Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.
Line Cottegnies is Professor of English Literature at Sorbonne Université, France.
Other Contributors: John Drakakis (University of Stirling, UK), Sarah Hatchuel (Université Le Havre Normandie, France), Christopher Ivic (Bath Spa University, UK), James D. Mardock (University of Nevada, USA), Anne-Marie Miller-Blaise (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, France), Elizabeth Pentland (York University, Canada), Laura Seymour (Bath Spa University, UK), Emma Smith (University of Oxford, UK), Christine Sukic (Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France), Gisèle Venet (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, France), Gillian Woods (Birkbeck, University of London, UK)
Series Editors: Andrew Hiscock (Bangor University, UK) and Lisa Hopkins (Sheffield Hallam University, UK)
Table of Contents
Notes on Contributors
Introduction (Karen Britland, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA and Line Cottegnies, University of Sorbonne Nouvelle, France)
1. The Critical Backstory (James D. Mardock, University of Nevada, USA)
2. Performance History (Gisèle Venet and Anne-Marie Miller-Blaise, University of Sorbonne Nouvelle, France)
3. The State of the Art (Emma Smith, University of Oxford, UK)
4. Henry V on Screen (Sarah Hatchuel, Le Havre University, France)
5. New Directions: Shakespeare's Henry V and Religion (John Drakakis, University of Stirling, UK)
6. New Directions: Making and Remaking the British Kingdoms – Henry V, Then and Now (Christopher Ivic, Bath Spa University, UK)
7. New Directions: 'His Bruised Helmet and his Bended Sword' – The Politics of Criminality and Heroism in Henry V (Christine Sukic, University of Reims, France)
8. New Directions: Agincourt and After: The Adversary’s Perspective (Elizabeth Pentland, York University, Toronto, Canada)
9. Learning and Teaching Resources (Gillian Woods, Birkbeck, University of London, UK and Laura Seymour, Bath Spa University, UK)