King Henry Iv Part 1: Third Series by William ShakespeareKing Henry Iv Part 1: Third Series by William Shakespeare

King Henry Iv Part 1: Third Series

byWilliam ShakespeareEditorDavid Scott Kastan

Paperback | November 7, 2002

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David Scott Kastan lucidly explores the remarkable richness and the ambitious design of King Henry IV Part 1 and shows how these complicate any easy sense of what kind of play it is. Conventionally regarded as a history play, much of it is in fact conspicuously invented fiction, and Kastan argues that the non-historical, comic plot does not simply parody the historical action but by its existence raises questions about the very nature of history. The full and engaging introduction devotes extensive discussion to the play's language, indicating how its insistent economic vocabulary provides texture for the social concerns of the play and focuses attention on the central relationship between value and political authority.
David Scott Kastan is a professor of English at Yale Unveristy and one of the General Editors of the Arden Shakespeare Third Series.
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Title:King Henry Iv Part 1: Third SeriesFormat:PaperbackPublished:November 7, 2002Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1904271359

ISBN - 13:9781904271352

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Table of Contents

List of illustrationsGeneral Editors prefacePrefaceINTRODUCTIONGreat expectationsMingling kings and clowns: history, comedy and dramatic unity1 Henry 4: one part or one play?Understanding politics in the playUnderstanding the politics of the playUnimitated, unimitable FalstaffFalstaff as Oldcastle/Oldcastle as Falstaff: radical Protestantism and Rabelaisian playCounterfeiting and kings, credit and credibility: economic language in the playWhat is that word ?honour??Women in the playThe play in performanceThe play on the page: the text of 1 Henry 4Editorial proceduresKING HENRY IV, PART ONEAppendix 1: The sources of 1 Henry IVAppendix 2: A note on Shakespeares metricsAppendix 3: The play in manuscriptAppendix 4: CastingAppendix 5: The Q0 fragmentAbbreviations and ReferencesIndex

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'It is the superbly generous girth of Shakespeare's Henry IV plays that makes them so remarkable'