Shakespeare's Early History Plays: From Chronicle to Stage by Dominique Goy-BlanquetShakespeare's Early History Plays: From Chronicle to Stage by Dominique Goy-Blanquet

Shakespeare's Early History Plays: From Chronicle to Stage

byDominique Goy-Blanquet

Hardcover | November 28, 2003

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Like many of his fellow playwrights, Shakespeare turned to national history for inspiration. In this study, Dominique Goy-Blanquet provides a close comparison of the Henry VI plays and Richard III with their historical and theatrical sources, demonstrating how Shakespeare was able to meet notonly the ideological but also the technical problems of turning history into drama, how by cutting, carving, shaping, casting his unwieldy material into performable plays, he matured into the most influential dramatist and historian of his time. Recent criticism of Shakespeare's history plays has often consisted of fierce arguments over their ideological import and Shakespeare's position on the spectrum of current political opinions. This book, however, stems from the belief that a more constructive starting point for research is theexploration of the technical problems raised by turning heavy narratives into performable plays, rather than the political motives that could inpire a playwright's representation of national history. Illuminating and instructive, Shakespeare's Early History Plays includes not only close investigation of the verbal, poetic, and political texture of the plays, but also provides a broad overview of the wider sixteenth-century historiographical contexts of the plays, and their significance toShakespeare's oeuvre more generally.
Dominique Goy-Blanquet is Professor of Elizabethan Theatre at the University of Picardie. She is a leading French Shakespearean scholar and a regular contributor to the TLS and various French magazines.
Title:Shakespeare's Early History Plays: From Chronicle to StageFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.86 inPublished:November 28, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198119879

ISBN - 13:9780198119876


Table of Contents

I. The Mysteries of Henry VI1. Critical waves2. Classical shades3. Cyclical storms4. From page to stageII. National Unity and Military Honour5. The matter of 1 Henry VI6. Borrowing material7. The theme of union8. Space and timeIII. Plotters and Plot9. Refashioning history10. Playing with time11. Piecing out factsIV. Grammatical Laws12. From narrative to dramatic syntax13. The appeal to the sources14. Court masks, street masquesV. Unhappy Families15. The narrative material of 3 Henry VI16. Dramatic techniques17. Critical rewriting18. The literary traditionVI. The Dawn of Tragedy19. A turn for the worst20. The new ethics21. The actors of the drama22. The tragic structure of history23. To be continuedVII. Unnatural Born Killer24. The text of Richard III25. Plotting history26. Hall's histories of Richard27. Hall or Holinshed?VIII. Certain Dregs of Conscience28. Vergil's tragic hell29. More's dramatic History30. Poetic licence31. Designing charactersConclusion: A world to bustle inBibliography

Editorial Reviews

`...thoroughly researched and contains some illuminating insights.'Sixteenth Century Journal