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Author Parvini, Neema.

Title Shakespeare's History Plays : Rethinking Historicism / Neema Parvini.

Publication Info. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 2012.


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Description 1 online resource (249 pages)
Contents Chapter 1 Introduction -- Chapter 2 New Historicism -- Chapter 3 Cultural Materialism -- Chapter 4 An Argument Against Anti-humanism -- Chapter 5 Solutions -- Chapter 6 Shakespeare's Historical and Political Thought in Context -- Chapter 7 Personal Action and Agency in Henry VI -- Chapter 8 Ideology in Richard II and Henry IV -- Chapter 9 Conclusion.
Summary 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 and 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.
Note Print version record.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 218-235) and index.
Access Owing to Legal Deposit regulations this resource may only be accessed from within National Library of Scotland. For more information contact StEdNL
Subject Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Histories.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. (OCoLC)fst00029048
Historicism in literature.
DRAMA -- Shakespeare.
Biography and True Stories.
Chronicle plays of William Shakespeare. (OCoLC)fst01352290
Historicism in literature. (OCoLC)fst00958220
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
Other Form: Print version: Parvini, Neema. Shakespeare's History Plays : Rethinking Historicism. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, ©2012 9780748646135
ISBN 9780748646142 (electronic bk.)
0748646140 (electronic bk.)
9781474423540 (electronic bk.)
147442354X (electronic bk.)
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