King John

King John

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A critical edition of Shakespeare's play "The Life and Death of King John", with a wide-ranging introduction, concentrating on the play's relevance to Elizabethan political issues and on the role played in it by women, by legal concepts and practices, and by the family. The printing of the play in the First Folio (1623) is studied, there are illustrations of the play in performance and an account of its stage history. The annotation pays special attention to the play's language and staging.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 20mm | 299.37g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0192814583
  • 9780192814586

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"Advanced students and scholars working with King John and its text will find the edition invaluable."--Choice "Advanced students and scholars working with King John and its text will find the edition invaluable."--Choice "Advanced students and scholars working with King John and its text will find the edition invaluable."--Choice "Advanced students and scholars working with King John and its text will find the edition invaluable."--Choiceshow more

Table of contents

Introduction. Date and sources. The text: early records; copy for "King John" in the folio; act and scene division; revision. "King John" - a critical introduction: political language and the language of "King John"; Wills and the Crown of England; monarchs, parents and the bastard; patterns of action in "King John". "King John" in the theatre: early stage history; the text in the theatre; theatrical reputation and stage history. Editorial procedures. Abbreviations and references. "The Life and Death of King John". Appendices: A - speech-prefixes in act 2; B - "care" (4.2.117); C - "an angel spake" (5.2.64); D - lineation and speech assignments, 5.6.1-6; E - 5.7.117-18. Index.show more

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