King Henry VI Part 2: Third Series, Part 2

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Cengage Learning EMEA, Dec 9, 1999 - Drama - 512 pages
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This edition celebrates King Henry VI Part 2 as one of the most exciting and dynamic plays of the English renaissance theatre, with its exploration of power politics and social revolution and its focus on the relationship between divine justice and sin. An extensive discussion of performance history traces the play's progress on stage from abridgement and adaptation to full historical epic. A survey of criticism discusses the wide range of responses provoked by the play's handling of its historical theme, and concludes by focusing on the element of burlesque in the attempted social revolution portrayed.
 

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Contents

List of illustrations
ix
General editors preface
xi
Acknowledgments
xv
Introduction
1
Performance
2
From abridgement to full text
8
Criticism
33
Victorians and Edwardians
39
From revision to report
122
Acceptance and reaction
126
KING HENRY VI PART TWO
143
Longer Notes
365
The First Quarto 1594
376
Q1 and Q3 variants
408
Recollections in The Contension
426
Doubling chart
434

Tiltyard and the Tudor myth
41
Brockbank and the antiTillyardians
51
Providence on trial
55
Carnivalesque history
65
Seneca rhetoric and poetry
67
Feminism
72
History justice drama
73
Text
106
Date sequence and authorship
111
Sources
438
Genealogical tables
448
Abbreviations and references
452
Shakespeares works and works partly by Shakespeare
453
Editions of Shakespeare collated
454
Other Works
456
Index
477
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William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an English dramatist, poet, and actor, generally regarded as the greatest playwright of all time.

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