Shakespeare's Early History Plays: From Chronicle to Stage

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Oxford University Press, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 312 pages
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Like many of his fellow playwrights, Shakespeare turned to national history for inspiration. In this study, Dominique Goy-Blanquet provides a close comparison of the Henry VI plays and Richard III with their sources, demonstrating how Shakespeare was able to meet not only the ideological but also the technical problems of turning history into drama, how by cutting, carving, shaping, and casting his unwieldy material into performable plays, he matured into the most influential dramatist and historian of his time.
 

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Contents

National Unity and Military Honour
19
The theme of union
37
Space and time
51
Playing with time
64
Grammatical Laws
87
Court masks street masques
106
Unhappy Families
120
Critical rewriting
136
The actors of the drama
168
To be continued
188
Positions of the texts
209
Hall or Holinshed?
232
z Mores dramatic History
250
Poetic licence
263
A World to Bustle in
290
Index
303

The Dawn of Tragedy
155

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Dominique Goy-Blanquet is Professor of Elizabethan Theatre at the University of Picardie. She is a leading French Shakespearean scholar and a regular contributor to the TLS and various French magazines.

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