Abstract

In 1 Henry IV, William Shakespeare proposes judicious forgetfulness as a positive strategy for achieving power despite its pathologized position in early modern culture as well as its seeming incompatibility with the recording of history. Nietzschean ideas of forgetfulness and plasticity, Langerian concepts of comedy, and the notion of a unifying national amnesia inform a contrast of the functions of forgetfulness for Henry IV, Prince Hal, and Falstaff in 1 Henry IV.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1543-0383
Print ISSN
0039-3738
Pages
pp. 82-100
Launched on MUSE
2016-03-18
Open Access
No
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