William Shakespeare, Richard II

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Martin Coyle
Columbia University Press, 1999 - Drama - 192 pages

This Columbia Critical Guide steers a clear path through the huge body of critical material onRichard II that has accrued over the past three centuries, elucidating the play's reception by audiences, critics, and scholars since its first production. Beginning with a discussion of early commentaries, the book presents and addresses the most significant critical arguments to give the reader a clear understanding of the ways in which each generation has sought to investRichard II with new meaning. The final section considers the radical new reading of Shakespeare's work provided by contemporary critics.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
i
CHAPTER ONE
14
CHAPTER TWO
37
CHAPTER THREE
58
CHAPTER FOUR
81
CHAPTER FIVE
102
CHAPTER SIX
126
Discusses the new readings offered by New Criticism exploring the plays
144
NOTES
178
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Richard Coyle teaches at the University of Wales, Cardiff.

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