Shakespeare Recycled: The Making of Historical Drama by Graham HoldernessShakespeare Recycled: The Making of Historical Drama by Graham Holderness

Shakespeare Recycled: The Making of Historical Drama

byGraham Holderness

Hardcover | April 9, 1992

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Shakespeare Recycled is a new, revised edition of Graham Holderness' Shakespeare's History, first published in 1985. That influential and widely admired book has now been thoroughly revised, with new sections on theoretical developments such as new historicism, deconstruction, feminism and postmodernism, which bear on the analysis of history and the interpretation of historical drama. Shakespeare Recycled, the only full-length cultural materialist treatment of Shakespeare's second tetralogy, questions the tendency of deconstruction and postmodernism to eliminate altogether the category of history from the dramatic text, displacing it to an eternal present of provisional re-readings. By means of an intensive theoretical investigation of Tudor historiography, Shakespeare Recycled defines the historiographical contexts of the plays' original production and their status as performance art, and identifies within their formal strategies and uses of genre a distinctive form of historiographical writing. Contrary to new historicist readings of the plays, which see them negatively as endorsing forms of ideological dominence, Shakespeare Recycled argues, in detailed readings of Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V, that the plays can be seen affirmatively, as positive acts of historiographical reconstruction, capable of registering and offering resistance to forms of ideological dominance.
Graham Holderness is Professor of Humanities at Hatfield Polytechnic. He is author of numerous critical studies in Renaissance and modern literature and threatre.
Title:Shakespeare Recycled: The Making of Historical DramaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.7 × 5.44 × 0.78 inPublished:April 9, 1992Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0389209880

ISBN - 13:9780389209881