Visit our Christmas Gift Finder
Richard II - Writers and their Work (Paperback)
  • Richard II - Writers and their Work (Paperback)

Richard II - Writers and their Work (Paperback)

Paperback 128 Pages / Published: 23/10/1997
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
Deeply immersed in the politics of kingship, Richard II was undoubtedly one of the most controversial plays to be staged in the 1050s. This book locates Richard II firmly amidst the late-sixteenth-century heated debates between champions of absolute monarchy and advocates of a more limited, democratic style of government; debates which culminated in the 1640s in the deposition and killing of an actual monarch - Charles I. Outlining both conservative and more recent radical approaches, the political impact of the play at the time of the Essex rebellion through to the 1680s is considered. Analysis of the complex language, symbolism, and dramatic sign-systems of the play, emphasise Richard II as a play which confounds single, straightforward viewpoints. Political and gender instability go hand-in-hand in Richard II and an introduction of feminist perspectives, furthers the book's thesis that the troubling distance between signs and what they represent is the central preoccupation of the play. Finally, the author reflects on critical and stage appropriations of the Shakespearian text since 1680, discussing important productions of Richard II over the centuries, including - in particular depth - John Barton's for the RSC in 1973 and Deborah Warner's 1995 production for the Royal National Theatre at The Cottesloe.

Publisher: Northcote House Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9780746308455
Number of pages: 128
Weight: 180 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 8 mm

You may also be interested in...

"Twelfth Night"
Added to basket
Romeo and Juliet
Added to basket
Added to basket
King Richard III
Added to basket
"Julius Caesar"
Added to basket
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Macbeth (No Fear Shakespeare)
Added to basket

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.