The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare's History Plays

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Cambridge University Press, 25 d’oct. 2007 - 210 pàgines
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.
 

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1 The uses of history
1
2 The wars of the critics
15
1 2 and 3 Henry VI
23
Richard III
45
King John
70
Richard II
91
1 and 2 Henry IV
117
Henry V
144
Henry VIII
168
Notes
179
Bibliography
194
Index
203
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Sobre l'autor (2007)

Warren Chernaik is Visiting Professor at King's College London, and Emeritus Professor, University of London.

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