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Shakespeare's History Plays boldly moves criticism of Shakespeare's history plays beyond anti-humanist theoretical approaches. This important intervention in the critical and theoretical discourse of Shakespeare studies summarises, evaluates and ultimately calls time on the mode of criticism that has prevailed in Shakespeare studies over the past thirty years. It heralds a new, more dynamic way of reading Shakespeare as a supremely intelligent and creative political thinker, whose history plays address and illuminate the very questions with which cultural historicists have been so preoccupied since the 1980s. In providing bold and original readings of the first and second tetralogies ( Henry VI, Richard III, Richard II and Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2), the book reignites old debates and re-energises recent bids to humanise Shakespeare and to restore agency to the individual in the critical readings of his plays.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. p. vi
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  1. A Note on Texts
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. 1 Introduction
  2. pp. 1-9
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  1. 2 New Historicism
  2. pp. 10-32
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  1. 3 Cultural Materialism
  2. pp. 33-51
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  1. 4 An Argument Against Anti-humanism
  2. pp. 52-71
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  1. 5 Solutions
  2. pp. 72-83
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  1. 6 Shakespeare’s Historical and Political Thought in Context
  2. pp. 84-121
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  1. 7 Personal Action and Agency in Henry VI
  2. pp. 122-173
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  1. 8 Ideology in Richard II and Henry IV
  2. pp. 174-214
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  1. 9 Conclusion
  2. pp. 215-217
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 218-235
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 236-240
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781474423540
Related ISBN
9780748646135
MARC Record
OCLC
1111390552
Pages
256
Launched on MUSE
2019-08-05
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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