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King Richard III : New Cambridge Shakespeare - Janis Lull

King Richard III

New Cambridge Shakespeare

By: Janis Lull (Editor)


Published: 28th September 2009
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King Richard III is one of Shakespeare's most popular and frequently performed plays. Janis Lull's introduction to this new edition, based on the First Folio, emphasises the play's tragic themes - individual identity, determinism and choice - and stresses the importance of women's roles in the play. It also underscores the special relationship between Richard III and Macbeth, demonstrating that the later tragedy re-examines issues raised in the earlier one. A thorough performance history of stage and film versions of Richard III shows how the text has been cut, rewritten and reshaped by directors and actors to enhance the role of Richard at the expense of other parts, especially those of the women. This updated edition contains a new introductory section covering recent criticism and performances - including the RSC cycles of the history plays - of this perennially popular play. The notes define the play's language in terms easily accessible to contemporary readers.

About the Author

Janis Lull is Professor Emeritus at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

Introduction: History and meaning in Richard III
Richard III and Macbeth
Plot and language in Richard III
Richard III in performance
The audience in Richard III
Recent stage, film, and critical interpretations
Note on the text
List of characters
The Play
Textual analysis
The Q-only 'clock' passage
The Plantagenet family tree
Reading list
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521735568
ISBN-10: 0521735564
Series: The New Cambridge Shakespeare
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 28th September 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.1  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised