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Shakespeare's History Plays

Details

  • 10 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 304 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.454 kg

Paperback

 (ISBN-13: 9780521035484)

This 2004 volume, with a foreword by Dennis Kennedy, addresses a range of attitudes to Shakespeare's English history plays in Britain and abroad from the early seventeenth century to the present day. It concentrates on the play texts as well as productions, translations and adaptations of them. The essays explore the multiple points of intersection between the English history they recount and the experience of British and other national cultures, establishing the plays as genres not only relevant to the political and cultural history of Britain but also to the history of nearly every nation worldwide. The plays have had a rich international reception tradition but critics and theatre historians abroad, those practising 'foreign' Shakespeare, have tended to ignore these plays in favour of the comedies and tragedies. By presenting the British and foreign Shakespeare traditions side by side, this volume seeks to promote a more finely integrated world Shakespeare.

• Uniquely presents Shakespeare's English history plays not just in a British context, but within a truly international framework • Seeks to promote a more finely integrated world Shakespeare • Includes a foreword by Dennis Kennedy and an opening chapter by the editor

Contents

Acknowledgements; List of illustrations; List of contributors; Foreword: histories and nations Dennis Kennedy; Introduction: Shakespeare's history plays in Britain and abroad Ton Hoenselaars; Part I: Introduction: alienating histories Ton Hoenselaars; 1. Ireland as foreign and familiar in Shakespeare's histories Andrew Murphy; 2. Welshness in Shakespeare's English histories Lisa Hopkins; 3. A French history of Henry V Jean-Michel Déprats; 4. Shakespeare's history plays in Japan Daniel Gallimore; Part II: Introduction: the appropriated past Ton Hoenselaars; 5. Rent-a-past: Italian responses to Shakespeare's histories (1800–1950) Mariangela Tempera; 6. Brecht and the rediscovery of Henry VI James N. Loehlin; 7. Shakespeare's histories in cycles Edward Burns; 8. Shakespeare's history plays in Bulgaria Alexander Shurbanov and Boika Sokolova; Part III: Introduction: stage adaptations of the histories Ton Hoenselaars; 9. Shakespeare's English histories at the Vienna Burgtheater Manfred Draudt; 10. The Spanish premiere of Richard II Keith Gregor; 11. Shakespearean history at the Avignon Festival Dominique Goy-Blanquet; 12. Two Flemings at war with Shakespeare Ton Hoenselaars; Select bibliography; Index.

Review

'… the book will deservedly find a wide audience across the English/Drama subject a read, offering cogent textual and performance criticism as well as theorized rejection of recent disintegrationist responses to the history plays.' Gabriel Egan, New Theatre Quarterly

Contributors

Dennis Kennedy, Ton Hoenselaars, Andrew Murphy, Lisa Hopkins, Jean-Michel Déprats, Daniel Gallimore, Mariangela Tempera, James N. Loehlin, Edward Burns, Alexander Shurbanov, Boika Sokolova, Manfred Draudt, Keith Gregor, Dominique Goy-Blanquet, Ton Hoenselaars

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