The Oxford Shakespeare: King John

The Oxford Shakespeare: King John

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This important new edition of one of Shakespeare's more neglected plays offers a wide-ranging critical introduction, concentrating on its 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 in fresh detail, and there are illustrations of the play in performance, and a comprehensive stage history. Full and helpful annotation
pays special attention to the play's language and staging.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 312 pages
  • 142 x 225 x 22mm | 521g
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 7 halftones and 3 photo quotes
  • 0198129300
  • 9780198129301

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.
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'By its 'conventionally ordered introduction' (p.1), A.R. Braunmuller's Oxford King John signals that it is, indeed what the dustjacket claims, 'the most thorough scholarly edition now available' ... his edition foregrounds technical material important to scholars over more general interests ... Braunmuller's approach to editing is as fair-minded and scholarly as his introduction ... the King John that sets out the issues most fully and fairly,
the edition I want in my study, is Braunmuller's 'conventionally ordered', scholarly text.'
Virginia Mason Vaughan, Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, Yearbook of English Studies, 1992 `The major strength of Professor Braunmuller's edition is its introduction. He offers a sane review of such difficult questions as the date of the play, and such controversial ones as its relation to "The Troublesome Reign". The evidence is marshalled in a lucid manner and sensible conclusions drawn ... This is a significant contribution to the (now quickly developing) debate on "King John", and a good demonstration that investigations of Shakespeare as a
political dramatist (as opposed to a moral stage) need not be critically reductive.'
The Review of English Studies 'This edition offers the most substantial & one of the most penetrating discussions of the play to date. A remarkable scholarly achievement.'
Dr Rene J.A. Weis, Department of English, University College, London The Oxford Shakespeare is an admirably scholarly edition, immaculately presented, offering close attention to possibilities of staging as well as meaning.'
Dr D. Sedge, Exeter University
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