Henry V, War Criminal?: And Other Shakespeare Puzzles

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Oxford University Press, 2000 - Literary Criticism - 220 pages
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'Shakespeare loves loose ends; Shakespeare also loves red herrings.' Stephen Orgel Loose ends and red herrings are the stuff of detective fiction, and under the scrutiny of master sleuths John Sutherland and Cedric Watts Shakespeare's plays reveal themselves to be as full of mysteries as any Agatha Christie novel. Is it summer or winter in Elsinore? Do Bottom and Titania make love? Does Lady Macbeth faint, or is she just pretending? How does a man putrefy within minutes of his death? Is Cleopatra a deadbeat Mum? And why doesn't Juliet ask 'O Romeo Montague, wherefore art thou Montague?' As Watts and Sutherland explore these and other puzzles Shakespeare's genuius becomes ever more apparent. Speculative, critical, good-humoured and provocative, their discussions shed light on apparent anachronisms, perfromance and stagecraft, linguistics, Star Trek and much else. Shrewd and entertaining, these essays add a new dimension to the pleasure of reading or watching Shakespeare. 'Few modern academics are doing quite so much as Professor Sutherland to connect the "common reader" with great books' Independent
 

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Contents

The watch on the centurions wrist
7
Desdemonas posthumous speeches
31
Poor Toms a yokel?
46
feint or faint?
65
REAL OR PRETEND in Does Cleopatra really care about
72
How much time did Richard waste?
85
Henry V war criminal?
108
What happens to Violas eunuch plan?
126
Never act with dogs and babies
143
Muddle or method?
162
Shakespeares feminist play?
174
Angelo guide to sanity?
190
Notes
203
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John Sutherland, Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature, University College, London. Cedric Watts, Professor of English, University of Sussex. Stephen Orgel, Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Humanities, Stanford University.

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