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King Henry IV Part 1 - Arden Shakespeare: Third Series - Paperback (Arden Shakespeare)

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David Scott Kastan lucidly explores the remarkable richness and the ambitious design of King Henry IV Part 1 and shows how these complicate any easy sense of what kind of play it is. Conventionally regarded as a history play, much of it is in fact conspicuously invented fiction, and Kastan argues that the non-historical, comic plot does not simply parody the historical action but by its existence raises questions about the very nature of history. The full and engaging introduction devotes extensive discussion to the play's language, indicating how its insistent economic vocabulary provides texture for the social concerns of the play and focuses attention on the central relationship between value and political authority. Kastan also covers the recurrence of the word "honor" in the text and the role that women play.  Appendices provide the sources of 1 Henry IV, discussions of Shakespeare's metrics, and the history of the manuscript.  The appendix on casting features a doubling chart to show which characters may be played by one actor.  Photographic images of the original Q0 Fragment, which is assumed to have been printed in Peter Short's printing house in 1598, appear in the fifth appendix. Finally, a reference section provides a list of abbreviations and references, a catalog of Shakespeares works and works partly by Shakespeare, and citations for the modern productions mentioned in the text, other collated editions of Shakespeare's work, and other related reading.
 
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.

Synopsis:

David Scott Kastan's lucid exploration of the remarkable richness and ambitious design of "King Henry IV Part I" reveals the play to be almost a treatise on the central relationship between value and political authority.

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 368-385) and index.

Synopsis:

David Scott Kastan lucidly explores the remarkable richness and the ambitious design of King Henry IV Part 1 and shows how these complicate any easy sense of what kind of play it is. Conventionally regarded as a history play, much of it is in fact conspicuously invented fiction, and Kastan argues that the non-historical, comic plot does not simply parody the historical action but by its existence raises questions about the very nature of history. The full and engaging introduction devotes extensive discussion to the play's language, indicating how its insistent economic vocabulary provides texture for the social concerns of the play and focuses attention on the central relationship between value and political authority.

About the Author

David Scott Kastan is a professor of English at Yale Unveristy and one of the General Editors of the Arden Shakespeare Third Series.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations General Editors preface Preface INTRODUCTION Great expectations Mingling kings and clowns: history, comedy and dramatic unity 1 Henry 4: one part or one play? Understanding politics in the play Understanding the politics of the play Unimitated, unimitable Falstaff Falstaff as Oldcastle/Oldcastle as Falstaff: radical Protestantism and Rabelaisian play Counterfeiting and kings, credit and credibility: economic language in the play What is that word "honour"? Women in the play The play in performance The play on the page: the text of 1 Henry 4 Editorial procedures KING HENRY IV, PART ONE Appendix 1: The sources of 1 Henry IV Appendix 2: A note on Shakespeares metrics Appendix 3: The play in manuscript Appendix 4: Casting Appendix 5: The Q0 fragment Abbreviations and References Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781904271352
Editor:
Kastan, David Scott
Publisher:
Arden Shakespeare
Editor:
Kastan, David Scott
Author:
Kastan, David Scott
Author:
Shakespeare, William
Location:
London
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Shakespeare
Subject:
History
Subject:
Drama-Shakespeare Plays
Copyright:
Edition Number:
3
Edition Description:
Third Edition
Series:
Arden Shakespeare. Third series
Series Volume:
no. 5
Publication Date:
November 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
398
Dimensions:
7.93 x 5.06 x 0.885 in

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"Synopsis" by , David Scott Kastan's lucid exploration of the remarkable richness and ambitious design of "King Henry IV Part I" reveals the play to be almost a treatise on the central relationship between value and political authority.
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. 368-385) and index.
"Synopsis" by , David Scott Kastan lucidly explores the remarkable richness and the ambitious design of King Henry IV Part 1 and shows how these complicate any easy sense of what kind of play it is. Conventionally regarded as a history play, much of it is in fact conspicuously invented fiction, and Kastan argues that the non-historical, comic plot does not simply parody the historical action but by its existence raises questions about the very nature of history. The full and engaging introduction devotes extensive discussion to the play's language, indicating how its insistent economic vocabulary provides texture for the social concerns of the play and focuses attention on the central relationship between value and political authority.
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