The Tragedy of King Richard the Third

The Tragedy of King Richard the Third

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George Lyman Kittredge's insightful editions of Shakespeare have endured in part because of his eclecticism, his diversity of interests, and his wide-ranging accomplishments, all of which are reflected in the valuable notes in each volume.These new editions have specific emphasis on the performance histories of the plays (on stage and screen).Features of each edition include: The original introduction to the Kittredge EditionEditor's Introduction to the Focus Edition. An overview on major themes of the plays, and sections on the play's performance history on stage and screen.Explanatory Notes. The explanatory notes either expand on Kittredge's superb glosses, or, in the case of plays for which he did not write notes, give the needed explanations for Shakespeare's sometimes demanding language.Performance notes. These appear separately and immediately below the textual footnotes and include discussions of noteworthy stagings of the plays, issues of interpretation, and film and stage choices.How to read the play as Performance Section. A discussion of the written play vs. the play as performed and the various ways in which Shakespeare's words allow the reader to envision the work "off the page."Comprehensive Timeline. Covering major historical events (with brief annotations) as well as relevant details from Shakespeare's life. Some include time chronologies within the plays.Topics for Discussion and Further Study. Critical Issues: Dealing with the text in a larger context and considerations of character, genre, language, and interpretative problems. Performance Issues: Problems and intricacies of staging the play connected to chief issues discussed in the Focus Editions' Introduction.Select Bibliography & FilmographyEach New Kittredge edition also includes screen grabs from major productions, for comparison and scene study.show more

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  • Paperback | 174 pages
  • 139.7 x 213.36 x 12.7mm | 204.12g
  • Focus Publishing/R Pullins & Co
  • USA, United States
  • English
  • Photos from major productions
  • 1585102717
  • 9781585102716
  • 2,454,396

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Even as the New Kittredge Shakespeare series glances back to George Lyman Kittredge's student editions of the plays, it is very much of our current moment: the slim editions are targeted largely at high school and first-year college students who are more versed in visual than in print culture. Not only are the texts of the plays accompanied by photographs or stills from various stage and cinema performances: the editorial contributions are performance-oriented, offering surveys of contemporary film interpretations, essays on the plays as performance pieces, and an annotated filmography. Traditional editorial issues (competing versions of the text, cruxes, editorial emendation history) are for the most part excluded; the editions focus instead on clarifying the text with an eye to performing it. There is no disputing the pedagogic usefulness of the New Kittredge Shakespeare's performance-oriented approach. At times, however, it can run the risk of treating textual issues as impediments, rather than partners, to issues of performance. This is particularly the case with a textually vexed play such as "Pericles: Prince of Tyre." In the introduction to the latter, Jeffrey Kahan notes the frequent unintelligibility of the play as originally published: "the chances of a reconstructed text matching what Shakespeare actually wrote are about 'nil'" (p. xiii) But his solution -- to use a "traditional text" rather than one corrected as are the Oxford and Norton "Pericles" -- obscures how this "traditional text," including its act and scene division, is itself a palimpsest produced through three centuries of editorial intervention. Nevertheless, the series does a service to its target audience with its emphasis on performance and dramaturgy. Kahan's own essay about his experiences as dramaturge for a college production of "Pericles" is very good indeed, particularly on the play's inability to purge the trace of incestuous desire that Pericles first encounters in Antioch. Otheshow more

About William Shakespeare

Dr. Jacquelyn Kilpatrick received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from California State University Fresno and her Ph.D. in Literature from the University of California Santa Cruz. She has extensive experience teaching a broad range of literature, film and drama, and her major field of research is Native American Literature. Her other interests include environmental issues and cultural renewal and preservation. She comes to CSUCI from the Chicago area, where she taught English and directed the Integrative Studies program at Governors State University. She has also served as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Spain.show more

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