Richard II by William Shakespeare

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See Reader Rating

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 William Shakespeare

See more books from this Author
The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed wto the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the orks, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughglobe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performanout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit www.folger.educes and programs. For more information, visit www.folger.eduBarbara A. Mowat is Director of Academic Programs at the Barbara A. Mowat is Director of Academic Programs at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Editor of Shakespeare Quarterly,Folger Shakespeare Library, Editor of Shakespeare Quarterly, Chair of the Folger Institute, and author of The Dramaturgy Chair of the Folger Institute, and author of The Dramaturgy of Shakespeare's Romances and of essays on Shakespeare's pl of Shakespeare's Romances and of essays on Shakespeare's plays and on the editing of the plays.Paul Werstine is Profays and on the editing of the plays.Paul Werstine is Professor of English at King's College and the Graduate School oessor of English at King's College and the Graduate School of the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He is the authof the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He is the author of many papers and articles on the printing and editing ofr of many papers and articles on the printing and editing of Shakespeare's plays and was Associate Editor of the annual Shakespeare's plays and was Associate Editor of the annual Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England from 1980 to 1989.Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England from 1980 to 1989. Charles R. Forker is Professor of English at Indiana University and editor of a critical edition of "The Cardinal "by James Shirley.
 
Published March 24, 2011 by Arden Shakespeare. 123 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Non-fiction

Reader Rating for Richard II
95%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 20 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×