This edition of Shakespeare's play points to inconsistencies in the presentation of "Henry V". The introduction explains the play as a reaction to the decade of war which preceded its writing, and analyzes the play's double vision of Henry as both military hero and self-seeking individual.
This new edition of Shakespeare's most celebrated war play points to the many inconsistencies in the presentation of Henry V. Andrew Gurr's substantial introduction explains the play as a reaction to the decade of war which preceded its writing, and analyses the play's double vision of Henry as both military hero and self-seeking individual. Professor Gurr shows how the patriotic declarations of the Chorus are contradicted by the play's action. He places the play's more controversial sequences in the context of Elizabethan thought, in particular the studies of the laws and morality of war written in the years before Henry V. He also studies the variety of language and dialect in the play. The appendices summarise Shakespeare's debt to his dramatic and historical sources, while the stage history shows how subsequent centuries have received and adapted the play on the stage and in film.
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"Another in this superior series that clearly should be the texts of choice...This volume, edited by Andrew Gurr, has approximately sixty pages of introduction, each page of which is a joy to read." Stages "This introduction includes the most lucid discussion of the Salic-law problem I have come across...The notes to an edition are probably what most people turn to an edition for and they are this edition's strongest feature. They are detailed and responsive...if this edition is used as a classroom text, the caliber of Gurr's sprightly glosses will greatly elevate the level of discussion; where it is not the text assigned to the students, whatever instructor covertly consults Gurr's glosses is sure to appear omniscient." Claire E. McEachern, Shakespeare Quarterly "...when he is analyzing Shakespeare's use of sources and the language and actions of the characters, Gurr is careful, objective, balanced, and often incisive...excellent critical examinations..." William B. Long, TEXT: Transactions of the Society for Textual Scholarship
Table of Contents
List of illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations and conventions; Introduction; 1. The play and its date; 2. The coercive chorus; 3. Context and sources; 4. Structure and language; 5. Staging and stage history; A note on the text; List of characters; The play; Textual analysis; Appendices; Reading list.
King Henry V by William Shakespeare
The New Cambridge Shakespeare
Used - Very Good
Cambridge University Press
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