9781904271352

King Henry IV Part 1 Third Series

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  • ISBN13:

    9781904271352

  • ISBN10:

    1904271359

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 11/7/2002
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare

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Summary

David Scott Kastan lucidly explores the remarkable richness and the ambitious design of King Henry IV Part 1 and shows how these complicate any easy sense of what kind of play it is. Conventionally regarded as a history play, much of it is in fact conspicuously invented fiction, and Kastan argues that the non-historical, comic plot does not simply parody the historical action but by its existence raises questions about the very nature of history. The full and engaging introduction devotes extensive discussion to the play's language, indicating how its insistent economic vocabulary provides texture for the social concerns of the play and focuses attention on the central relationship between value and political authority.

Author Biography

David Scott Kastan is a professor of English at Yale Unveristy and one of the General Editors of the Arden Shakespeare Third Series.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
ix
General editors' preface xi
Preface xv
Introduction
1(132)
Great expectations
1(6)
`Mingling kings and clowns': history, comedy and dramatic unity
7(10)
1 Henry 4: one part or one play?
17(6)
Understanding politics in the play
23(10)
Understanding the politics of the play
33(11)
`Unimitated, unimitable Falstaff'
44(7)
Falstaff as Oldcastle/Oldcastle as Falstaff: radical Protestantism and Rabelaisian play
51(11)
Counterfeiting and kings, credit and credibility: economic language in the play
62(7)
`What is that word ``honour'''?
69(4)
Women in the play
73(3)
The play in performance
76(30)
The play on the page: the text of 1 Henry 4
106(13)
Editorial procedures
119(14)
KING HENRY IV, PART ONE 133(206)
Appendix 1: The sources of 1 Henry IV 339(6)
Appendix 2: A note on Shakespeare's metrics 345(4)
Appendix 3: The play in manuscript 349(5)
Appendix 4: Casting 354(3)
Appendix 5: The Q0 fragment 357(9)
Abbreviations and references 366(20)
Abbreviations used in notes
366(1)
Works by and partly by Shakespeare
367(1)
Editions of Shakespeare collated
368(2)
Other works cited
370(16)
Index 386

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