Shakespeares Serial History Plays by Nicholas GreneShakespeares Serial History Plays by Nicholas Grene

Shakespeares Serial History Plays

byNicholas Grene

Paperback | December 3, 2007

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This study provides a re-reading of the two sequences of English history plays, Henry VI-Richard III and Richard II-Henry V. Reconsidering the chronicle sources and the staging practices of Shakespeare's time, Grene argues that the history plays were originally designed for serial performance. The book looks at their original creation in the 1590s and at modern serial productions or adaptations, such as the famous Royal Shakespeare Company's 1960s Wars of the Roses and others.
Nicholas Grene is Professor of English Literature at Trinity College, Dublin.
Title:Shakespeares Serial History PlaysFormat:PaperbackDimensions:300 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.67 inPublished:December 3, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521045630

ISBN - 13:9780521045636


Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; Chronology of major serial productions/adaptations; Note on the texts; Introduction: Part I. The Story of the Histories: 1. Serialising the chronicles; 2. Staging the national epic; Part II. Henry VI-Richard III: 3. War imagined; 4. The emergence of character; 5. Curses and prophecies; Part III. Richard II-Henry V: 6. Looking back; 7. Hybrid histories; 8. Change and identity; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"The book will deservedly find a wide audience across the English/Drama subject area, offering cogent textual and performance criticism." New Theatre Quarterly