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This richly annotated edition takes a fresh look at the first part of Shakespeare's second tetralogy of history plays, showing how it relates to the other plays in the sequence. Forker places the play in its political context, discussing its relation to competing theories of monarchy, how it faced censorship because of possible comparisons between Richard II and Elizabeth I, and how Bolingbroke's rebellion could be compared to the Essex rising of the time. This edition also reconsiders Shakespeare's use of sources, asking why he chose to emphasize one approach over another. Forker also looks at the play's rich afterlife, and the many interpretations that actors and directors have taken. Finally, the edition looks closely at the aesthetic relationship between language, character, structure, and political import. A textual analysis of the play's eight early editions, a doubling chart for casting, and geneological tables are included as appendices.

The Arden Shakespeare has developed a reputation as the pre-eminent critical edition of Shakespeare for its exceptional scholarship, reflected in the thoroughness of each volume. An introduction comprehensively contextualizes the play, chronicling the history and culture that surrounded and influenced Shakespeare at the time of its writing and performance, and closely surveying critical approaches to the work. Detailed appendices address problems like dating and casting, and analyze the differing Quarto and Folio sources. A full commentary by one or more of the plays foremost contemporary scholars illuminates the text, glossing unfamiliar terms and drawing from an abundance of research and expertise to explain allusions and significant background information. Highly informative and accessible, Arden offers the fullest experience of Shakespeare available to a reader.

 
 
 
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations

General Editors' Preface

Preface

Introduction

   Politics

     Historical Context and the Issue of Topicality

     The Connection with Essex

     Ideology: Competing Conceptions of Monarchy

     Characterization: Attitudes towards Richard and Bolingbroke

     Politics in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth- Century Stagings

   Language

     Style

     Imagery, Major Themes, Symbolism, Patterns of Allusion

     Rhetoric

   Afterlife

   The Date

     The Relation to Edward II and Woodstock

     Richard II and the Second Tetralogy

   Probable Venues of Early Performance

   Sources

     Holinshed

     Hall

     The Mirror for Magistrates

     Daniel

     Woodstock

     Froissart; Creton; Traison

     Edward II

     Minor Sources

   Text

THE TRAGEDY OF KING RICHARD THE SECOND

Longer Notes

Appendices

 1 Textual Analysis

 2 Doubling Chart

 3 Genealogical Tables

Abbreviations and references

 Abbreviations used in notes

 Works by and partly by Shakespeare

 Editions of Shakespeare collated or referred to

 Other works

 Modern stage and television productions cited

Index

Synopsis:

This annotated edition of "King Richard II" takes a fresh look at the first part of Shakespeare's second tetralogy of history plays, showing how it relates to the other plays in the sequence.

Synopsis:

This richly annotated edition takes a fresh look at the first part of Shakespeare's second tetralogy of history plays, showing how it relates to the other plays in the sequence. Forker places the play in its political context, discussing its relation to competing theories of monarchy, looking at how it faced censorship because of possible comparisons between Richard II and Elizabeth I, and how Bolingbroke's rebellion could be compared to the Essex rising of the time. This edition also reconsiders Shakespeare's use of sources, asking why he chose to emphasise one approach over another. Forker also looks at the play's rich afterlife, and the many interpretations that actors and directors have taken. Finally, the edition looks closely at the aesthetic relationship between language, character, structure and political import.

About the Author

Charles R. Forker is Professor of English Emeritus at Indiana University, Bloomington. His many publications include critical editions of Shirley's The Cardinal and Marlowe's Edward II, and a major study of the works of Webster, Skull Beneath the Skin: The Achievement of John Webster. His most recent work is a study of Shakespeare's Richard II, entitled Shakespeare: The Critical Tradition: 'Richard II'.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations General editors preface Preface INTRODUCTION Politics - Historical Context and the Issue of Topicality - The Connection with Essex - Ideology: Competing Conceptions of Monarchy - Characterization: Attitudes towards Richard and Bolingbroke - Politics in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Stagings Language - Style - Imagery, Major Themes, Symbolism, Patterns of Allusion - Rhetoric Afterlife The Date - The Relation to Edward II and Woodstock - Richard II and the Second Tertralogy Probable Venues of Early Performance Sources - Holinshed - Hall - The Mirror for Magistrates - Daniel - Woodstock - Froissart; Créton; Traϊson - Edward II - Minor Sources Text THE TRAGEDY OF KING RICHARD THE SECOND Longer notes Appendices 1) Textual Analysis 2) Doubling Chart 3) Genealogical Tables Abbreviations and References Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781903436332
Editor:
Forker, Charles
Publisher:
Arden Shakespeare
Editor:
Forker, Charles
Author:
Shakespeare, William
Author:
Forker, Charles R.
Location:
London
Subject:
General
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Shakespeare
Subject:
History
Subject:
Kings and rulers in literature
Subject:
Middle Ages in literature.
Subject:
DRAMA / General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
3
Edition Description:
Third Edition
Series:
Arden Shakespeare
Series Volume:
bk. 2
Publication Date:
March 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
612
Dimensions:
8.00 x 5.00 in

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"Synopsis" by , This annotated edition of "King Richard II" takes a fresh look at the first part of Shakespeare's second tetralogy of history plays, showing how it relates to the other plays in the sequence.
"Synopsis" by , This richly annotated edition takes a fresh look at the first part of Shakespeare's second tetralogy of history plays, showing how it relates to the other plays in the sequence. Forker places the play in its political context, discussing its relation to competing theories of monarchy, looking at how it faced censorship because of possible comparisons between Richard II and Elizabeth I, and how Bolingbroke's rebellion could be compared to the Essex rising of the time. This edition also reconsiders Shakespeare's use of sources, asking why he chose to emphasise one approach over another. Forker also looks at the play's rich afterlife, and the many interpretations that actors and directors have taken. Finally, the edition looks closely at the aesthetic relationship between language, character, structure and political import.
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