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Shakespeare's History Plays
Performance, Translation and Adaptation in Britain and Abroad

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Dennis Kennedy, Ton Hoenselaars, Andrew Murphy, Lisa Hopkins, Jean-Michel Déprats, Daniel Gallimore, Mariangela Tempera, James N. Loehlin, Edward Burns, Alexander Shurbanov, Boika Sokolova, Manfred Draudt, Keith Gregor, Dominique Goy-Blanquet, Ton Hoenselaars
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  • Date Published: February 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521035484

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  • Concentrating on the play texts as well as their productions, translations and adaptations, this study 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 explores the multiple points of intersection between the English history they recount, and the experience of British and other national cultures. By presenting the British and foreign Shakespeare traditions together, the volume promotes a more finely integrated world Shakespeare.

    • Uniquely presents Shakespeare's English history plays not just in a British context, but within a truly international framework
    • Seeks to promote a more finely integrated world Shakespeare
    • Includes a foreword by Dennis Kennedy and an opening chapter by the editor
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "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

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521035484
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.454kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of contributors
    Foreword: histories and nations Dennis Kennedy
    Introduction: Shakespeare's history plays in Britain and abroad Ton Hoenselaars
    Part I: Introduction: alienating histories Ton Hoenselaars
    1. Ireland as foreign and familiar in Shakespeare's histories Andrew Murphy
    2. Welshness in Shakespeare's English histories Lisa Hopkins
    3. A French history of Henry V Jean-Michel Déprats
    4. Shakespeare's history plays in Japan Daniel Gallimore
    Part II: Introduction: the appropriated past Ton Hoenselaars
    5. Rent-a-past: Italian responses to Shakespeare's histories (1800–1950) Mariangela Tempera
    6. Brecht and the rediscovery of Henry VI James N. Loehlin
    7. Shakespeare's histories in cycles Edward Burns
    8. Shakespeare's history plays in Bulgaria Alexander Shurbanov and Boika Sokolova
    Part III: Introduction: stage adaptations of the histories Ton Hoenselaars
    9. Shakespeare's English histories at the Vienna Burgtheater Manfred Draudt
    10. The Spanish premiere of Richard II Keith Gregor
    11. Shakespearean history at the Avignon Festival Dominique Goy-Blanquet
    12. Two Flemings at war with Shakespeare Ton Hoenselaars
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  • Editor

    Ton Hoenselaars, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands
    Ton Hoenselaars is Associate Professor in the English Department at Utrecht University. He is the author of Images of Englishmen and Foreigners in the Drama of Shakespeare and his Contemporaries (1992). He is also editor and co-editor of a number of collections including Shakespeare's Italy (1993, revised edition 1997), Reclamations of Shakespeare (1994), and 400 Years of Shakespeare in Europe (2003).


    Dennis Kennedy, Trinity College, Dublin
    Dennis Kennedy's books include The Spectator and the Spectacle: Audiences in Modernity and Postmodernity, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance, Looking at Shakespeare: A Visual History of Twentieth-Century Performance, Foreign Shakespeare, and Granville Barker and the Dream of Theatre. Shakespeare in Asia: Contemporary Performance is due late 2009 (edited with Yong Li Lan). He has twice been a fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities in the USA, twice won the Freedley Award for theatre history, received the Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award at the University of Pittsburgh, the Berkeley Fellowship at Trinity College Dublin, and was elected to the Royal Irish Academy and Academia Europaea. His own plays have been performed in New York, London, and many other places, and he has frequently worked as a dramaturg and director in professional theatres.


    Dennis Kennedy, Ton Hoenselaars, Andrew Murphy, Lisa Hopkins, Jean-Michel Déprats, Daniel Gallimore, Mariangela Tempera, James N. Loehlin, Edward Burns, Alexander Shurbanov, Boika Sokolova, Manfred Draudt, Keith Gregor, Dominique Goy-Blanquet, Ton Hoenselaars

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