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King Richard II - Charles R. Forker, William Shakespeare
King Richard II
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This richly annotated edition takes a fresh look at the first part of Shakespeare's second tetralogy of history plays, showing how it relates to the other plays in the sequence. Forker places the play in its political context, discussing its relation to competing theories of monarchy, how it... show more
This richly annotated edition takes a fresh look at the first part of Shakespeare's second tetralogy of history plays, showing how it relates to the other plays in the sequence. Forker places the play in its political context, discussing its relation to competing theories of monarchy, how it faced censorship because of possible comparisons between Richard II and Elizabeth I, and how Bolingbroke's rebellion could be compared to the Essex rising of the time. This edition also reconsiders Shakespeare's use of sources, asking why he chose to emphasize one approach over another. Forker also looks at the play's rich afterlife, and the many interpretations that actors and directors have taken. Finally, the edition looks closely at the aesthetic relationship between language, character, structure, and political import. A textual analysis of the play's eight early editions, a doubling chart for casting, and geneological tables are included as appendices.The Arden Shakespeare has developed a reputation as the pre-eminent critical edition of Shakespeare for its exceptional scholarship, reflected in the thoroughness of each volume. An introduction comprehensively contextualizes the play, chronicling the history and culture that surrounded and influenced Shakespeare at the time of its writing and performance, and closely surveying critical approaches to the work. Detailed appendices address problems like dating and casting, and analyze the differing Quarto and Folio sources. A full commentary by one or more of the play’s foremost contemporary scholars illuminates the text, glossing unfamiliar terms and drawing from an abundance of research and expertise to explain allusions and significant background information. Highly informative and accessible, Arden offers the fullest experience of Shakespeare available to a reader.    Table of ContentsList of IllustrationsGeneral Editors' PrefacePrefaceIntroduction   Politics     Historical Context and the Issue of Topicality     The Connection with Essex     Ideology: Competing Conceptions of Monarchy     Characterization: Attitudes towards Richard and Bolingbroke     Politics in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth- Century Stagings   Language     Style     Imagery, Major Themes, Symbolism, Patterns of Allusion     Rhetoric   Afterlife   The Date     The Relation to Edward II and Woodstock     Richard II and the Second Tetralogy   Probable Venues of Early Performance   Sources     Holinshed     Hall     The Mirror for Magistrates     Daniel     Woodstock     Froissart; Creton; Traison     Edward II     Minor Sources   TextTHE TRAGEDY OF KING RICHARD THE SECOND Longer Notes Appendices  1 Textual Analysis 2 Doubling Chart 3 Genealogical TablesAbbreviations and references Abbreviations used in notes Works by and partly by Shakespeare Editions of Shakespeare collated or referred to Other works Modern stage and television productions citedIndex
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781903436332 (1903436338)
ASIN: 1903436338
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages no: 612
Edition language: English
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2.0 My kingdom for a horse!
Richard III. Hm. Well, I think the beginning is a bit slow (not to say tedious) and there are a lot of characters. Maybe this play is less confusing for the English, because they have more insight on the War of Roses and the whole history of their monarchy. But I have no idea, how all of those chara...
Philosophical Musings of a Book Nerd
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3.0 Creation of a Monster
This is one of Shakespeare's earlier tragedies though it probably falls more into the category of a history (particularly since it is the final play in the history cycle). A history it might be, though it can be argued that it is not an accurate history, but instead a piece of propaganda that was de...
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4.0 The Tragedy of Richard III, William Shakespeare
So I watched the BBC's new Richard III starring some guy with the unlikely name of Eggs Benedict Cummerbund (or summat like that). He was good, but really, if you're competent to speak Shakespeare then you can hardly fail when you have lines as fabulous as Richard III has. This version has hacked do...
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3.5 A History or a Tragedy
It is difficult to determine whether Richard II is a tragedy or not. It appears that when Shakespeare first drafted the play he drafted it as a tragedy (and it is one of his earlier plays) however as his folio of plays increased, it fall among his history plays. It should be considered that not all ...
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios
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5.0 Killing Frenzy: "Richard III" by William Shakespeare, Burton Raffel, Harold Bloom
Published 2008. A typical king; Killed everybody who got in his way; A typical fat slob of a king; Out to get his own greedy needs met; Uses every individual who crossed his path; More often than not, slap happy drunk; Seen on numerous occasion dancing amongst the moon lit paths; Often times his...
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