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Shakespeare's History Plays : Performance, Translation and Adaptation in Britain and Abroad - Ton Hoenselaars

Shakespeare's History Plays

Performance, Translation and Adaptation in Britain and Abroad

By: Ton Hoenselaars (Editor), Dennis Kennedy (Foreword by)

Hardcover Published: 28th October 2004
ISBN: 9780521829021
Number Of Pages: 302

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This volume, with a foreword by Dennis Kennedy, addresses a range of attitudes to Shakespeare's English history plays in Britain and abroad from the early seventeenth century to the present day. It concentrates on the play texts as well as productions, translations and adaptations of them. The essays explore the multiple points of intersection between the English history they recount and the experience of British and other national cultures, establishing the plays as genres not only relevant to the political and cultural history of Britain but also to the history of nearly every nation worldwide. The plays have had a rich international reception tradition but critics and theatre historians abroad, those practicing 'foreign' Shakespeare, have tended to ignore these plays in favour of the comedies and tragedies. By presenting the British and foreign Shakespeare traditions side by side, this volume seeks to promote a more finely integrated world Shakespeare.

'... the book will deservedly find a wide audience across the English/Drama subject a read, offering cogent textual and performance criticism as well as theorized rejection of recent disintegrationist responses to the history plays.' Gabriel Egan, New Theatre Quarterly
"The 12 essays and introduction provide an excellent investigation into a complex history. Highly recommended." A. Castaldo, Widener University, CHOICE
"an excellent volume." - Sixteenth Century Journal Brad Greenburg, Northeastern Illinois University

List of illustrations
List of contributors
Foreword: histories and nations
Introduction: Shakespeare's history plays in Britain and abroad
Introduction : alienating histories
Ireland as foreign and familiar in Shakespeare's histories
Welshness in Shakespeare's English histories
A French history of
Shakespeare's history plays in Japan
Introduction : the appropriated past
Rent-a-past: Italian responses to Shakespeare's histories (1800-1950)
Brecht and the rediscovery of
Shakespeare's histories in cycles
Shakespeare's history plays in Bulgaria
Introduction : stage adaptations of the histories
Shakespeare's English histories at the
The Spanish premiere of
Shakespearean history at the Avignon Festival Dominique
Two Flemings at war with Shakespeare
Select Bibliography
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ISBN: 9780521829021
ISBN-10: 052182902X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 302
Published: 28th October 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.57