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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Shakespeare: The Histories

ISBN 9780230299580
Publication Date November 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Analysing Texts

This essential study takes a fresh look at four of Shakespeare's major History plays. Part I uses carefully selected short extracts for close textual analysis, while Part II examines the historical and literary contexts and key criticism. The volume is an ideal introductory guide for those who are studying the Histories for the first time.

John Blades has lectured in English Literature at the universities of Leeds and Durham, UK.

General Editor's Preface
Family Tree (Houses of Lancaster and York)
Introduction
PART I: ANALYSING SHAKESPEARE'S HISTORIES
1. Richard II: History as Tragedy
2. Henry IV, Part 1: History as Comedy
3. Henry IV, Part 2: History as Carnival
4. Richard III: History as Problem Play?
Methods of Analysis
PART II: THE CONTEXT AND THE CRITICS
5. Shakespeare and the Writing of History in the Elizabethan Period
6. Some Critical Responses to the Histories
A Glossary of Literary Terms
Further Reading
Index

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