Shakespeare, the Queens Men, and the Elizabethan Performance of History by Brian WalshShakespeare, the Queens Men, and the Elizabethan Performance of History by Brian Walsh

Shakespeare, the Queens Men, and the Elizabethan Performance of History

byBrian Walsh

Hardcover | March 16, 2010

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The Elizabethan history play was one of the most prevalent dramatic genres of the 1590s, and so was a major contribution to Elizabethan historical culture. The genre has been well served by critical studies that emphasize politics and ideology; however, there has been less interest in the way history is interrogated as an idea in these plays. Drawing in period-sensitive ways on the field of contemporary performance theory, Walsh looks at the Shakespearean history play from a fresh angle, by first analyzing the foundational work of the Queen's Men, the playing company that invented the popular history play. Through innovative readings of their plays including The Famous Victories of Henry V before moving on to Shakespeare's 1 Henry VI, Richard III, and Henry V, this book investigates how the Queen's Men's self-consciousness about performance helped to shape Shakespeare's dramatic and historical imagination.
Title:Shakespeare, the Queens Men, and the Elizabethan Performance of HistoryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:246 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.67 inPublished:March 16, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521766923

ISBN - 13:9780521766920


Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Dialogues with the dead: history, performance, and Elizabethan theater; 2. Theatrical time and historical time: the temporality of the past in The Famous Victories of Henry V; 3. Figuring history: truth, poetry, and report in The True Tragedy of Richard III; 4. 'Unkind division': the double absence of performing history in 1 Henry VI; 5. Richard III and Theatrum Historiae; 6. Henry V and the extra-theatrical historical imagination; Conclusion: traces of Henry/traces of history.

Editorial Reviews

"...Walsh persistently sticks to the question about the idea of 'history', and introduces bold and thrilling assumptions through close analysis and careful reading of the lines....This book stimulatingly reassures us that paying enough attention to the early modern theatrical conditions is important and effective for studying Shakespeare's history plays."
-Yukiko Mori