King Richard Ii: Third Series by William ShakespeareKing Richard Ii: Third Series by William Shakespeare

King Richard Ii: Third Series

byWilliam ShakespeareEditorCharles R. Forker

Paperback | March 21, 2002

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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, looking at 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 emphasise 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.

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Charles R. Forker is Professor of English Emeritus at Indiana University, Bloomington. His many publications include critical editions of Shirley's The Cardinal and Marlowe's Edward II, and a major study of the works of Webster, Skull Beneath the Skin: The Achievement of John Webster. His most recent work is a study of Shakespeare's Ri...
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Title:King Richard Ii: Third SeriesFormat:PaperbackPublished:March 21, 2002Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1903436338

ISBN - 13:9781903436332

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List of illustrationsGeneral editors prefacePrefaceINTRODUCTIONPolitics - 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 StagingsLanguage - Style - Imagery, Major Themes, Symbolism, Patterns of Allusion - RhetoricAfterlifeThe Date - The Relation to Edward II and Woodstock - Richard II and the Second TertralogyProbable Venues of Early PerformanceSources - Holinshed - Hall - The Mirror for Magistrates - Daniel - Woodstock - Froissart; Créton; Traϊson - Edward II - Minor SourcesTextTHE TRAGEDY OF KING RICHARD THE SECONDLonger notesAppendices1) Textual Analysis2) Doubling Chart3) Genealogical TablesAbbreviations and ReferencesIndex