Shakespeare's HistoriesA Guide to Criticism
Blackwell Guides to Criticism, Band 22 1. Aufl.
This Guide steers students through four centuries of critical writing on Shakespeare’s history plays, enhancing their enjoyment and broadening their critical repertoire. Guides students through four centuries of critical writing on Shakespeare’s history plays. Covers both significant early views and recent critical interventions. Substantial editorial material links the articles and places them in context. Annotated suggestions for further reading allow students to investigate further.
Preface. Acknowledgements. 1. The Development of Criticism of Shakespeare’s Histories:. 2. Genre:. Overview. Marjorie Garber, ‘Descanting on Deformity: Richard III and the Shape of History’. Paola Pugliatti, ‘Time, Space and the Instability of History in the Henry IV sequence’. 3. Language:. Overview. Harry Berger, ‘Psychoanalysing the Shakespeare text: The first three scenes of the Henriad’. Sandra Fischer, ‘He Means to Pay’: Value and Metaphor in the Lancastrian Tetralogy. 4. Gender and Sexuality:. Overview. Leah Marcus, ‘Elizabeth’. Jean Howard and Phyllis Rackin, ‘King John’. 5. History and Politics:. Overview. Andrew Murphy, ‘Shakespeare’s Irish History’. Graham Holderness, ‘What Ish My Nation?’ Shakespeare and National Identities. 6. Performance:. Overview. Margaret Shewring, ‘In the Context of English History’. Alan Dessen, ‘Stagecraft and Imagery in Shakespeare’s Henry VI’. Index
Emma Smith is Fellow of Hertford College and Lecturer in English at Oxford University. Her publications include Thomas Kyd: The Spanish Tragedie (ed. 1998) and Shakespeare in Production: Henry V (2000), as well as two other edited volumes in the Blackwell Guides to Criticism series: Shakespeare's Comedies (2004) and Shakespeare's Tragedies (2004)
Shakespeare’s history plays, with their insistent depictions of leadership and its discontents, have prompted very different critical views over the last four centuries. This book introduces students to the key critical debates under five headings: genre, history and politics, gender and sexuality, language, and performance. The Guide serves both to enhance students’ enjoyment of the history plays and to broaden their critical repertoire. By presenting ten recent critical interventions in the field, it provides a compendium of current scholarship. These articles are contextualised with brief critical overviews and annotated suggestions for further reading. An additional chapter on pre-twentieth-century criticism is mainly in narrative form but excerpts significant early views by Johnson, Hazlitt and Coleridge.
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