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By Richard Dutton, Jean E. Howard

This four-volume spouse to Shakespeare's Works, compiled as a unmarried entity, deals a uniquely complete photo of present Shakespeare feedback. Brings jointly new essays from a mix of more youthful and extra verified students from around the globe - Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand, the uk, and the us. Examines each one of Shakespeare’s performs and significant poems, utilizing the entire assets of up to date feedback, from functionality stories to feminist, historicist, and textual research. Volumes are geared up on the subject of popular different types: specifically the histories, the tragedies, the romantic comedies, and the overdue performs, challenge performs and poems. every one quantity includes person essays on all texts within the appropriate classification, in addition to extra basic essays taking a look at severe concerns and methods extra broadly suitable to the style. bargains a provocative roadmap to Shakespeare reports on the dawning of the twenty-first century.This spouse to Shakespeare’s histories comprises unique essays on each historical past play from Henry VI to Henry V in addition to fourteen extra articles on such themes as censorship in Shakespeare’s histories, the relation of Shakespeare’s performs to different dramatic histories of the interval, Shakespeare’s histories on movie, the homoerotics of Shakespeare’s heritage performs, and country formation in Shakespeare’s histories.

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History’s Objects of Desire Poisoned by the Prior of York and his henchman Sir Doncaster, the Earl of Huntington dies in the first act of the second part of the two-part play that bears his name. For the remaining four acts, attention focuses on King John’s sexual pursuit of Huntington’s bereaved fiancée, Maid Marian – or, rather Matilda Fitzwater, as the play now calls her. Already in Part One, John’s schemes to bring Matilda under his control had given strong evidence of his tyranny, and the play’s comic ending had been especially marked by his renunciation of those unruly desires, a renunciation he repeats with still greater vehemence at Huntington’s death in Part Two: When John solicits chaste Matilda’s ears With lawless suits, as he hath often done, ...

How do they take the disappearance of their chief defender, plain Thomas of Woodstock? Questions like these have no place in Richard II, no more than does Queen Anne’s lament in Woodstock that “distressèd poverty o’erspreads the kingdom” (p. 108). Richard II’s queen is also troubled by the effect of her husband’s misrule, but the victim who most engages her sympathy is Richard himself. “But soft, but see,” she says at the sight of the imprisoned king, or rather do not see, My fair rose wither; yet look up, behold, That you in pity may dissolve to dew And wash him fresh again with true-love tears.

But they do nevertheless share partialities that show up with striking clarity when they are seen against the backdrop of a larger, more heterogeneous company. In what follows I will describe five distinct, though often overlapping, interests that are strongly represented in the non-Shakespearean drama of history, but that Shakespeare himself neglects, marginalizes, or actively opposes. To provide some focus for this discussion, I will pay special attention to a series of plays dealing with a single, fairly limited period of English history and then bring in other plays as they share interests with those.

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