The Tragedy of King Richard III

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Oxford University Press, 2000 - Drama - 414 pages
Richard III is one of Shakespeare's most popular plays on the stage and has been adapted successfully for film. This new and innovative edition recognizes the play's pre-eminence as a performance work: a perspective that informs every aspect of the editing. Challenging traditional practice,the text is based on the 1597 Quarto which, it is argued, brings us closest to the play as it would have been staged in Shakespeare's theatre. The introduction, which is illustrated, explores the long performance history from Shakespeare's time to the present. Its critical engagement with the playresponds to recent historicist and gender-based approaches. The commentary gives detailed explication of matters of language, staging, text, and historical and cultural contexts, providing coverage that is both carefully balanced and alert to nuance of meaning.Documentation of the extensive textual variants is organized for maximum clarity: the readings of the Folio and the Quarto are presented in separate banks, and more specialist information is given at the back of the book. Appendices also include selected passages from the main source and a specialindex of actors and other theatrical personnel.
 

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I love English syllabuses. I practically collect them. I like to analyze them and think about what the theme of that class is going to be. I like to critique their choices, I like to collect new ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rok - Goodreads

As you read the play you get the feeling that there's more to this evil Vice-like character of Richard than meets the eye. Why IS he do evil? I sure as hell don't believe it's just because of him ... Read full review

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Contents

Editorial Procedures
133
APPENDIX
168
Passages First Printed in the 1623 Folio
359
APPENDIX C
372
APPENDIX
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APPENDIX
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John Jowett is at University of Birmingham.