Some of the most important events in Shakespeare do not happen

Innes, Paul ORCID: 0000-0001-5375-5341 (2015) Some of the most important events in Shakespeare do not happen. English, 64 (247). pp. 254-267. doi:10.1093/english/efv024

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The beginning of Shakespeare's 2 Henry IV takes the form of an address to the audience, as a single figure enters the stage and speaks a choric prologue directly to the auditorium. The performance technique that is enacted here is familiar enough from many other plays in the period, especially those that deal with history. However, this one is not content simply with raising the issue of the representation of prior historical events. It goes a stage further, playing with the inevitability of such events being misconstrued.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Shakespeare's histories; English literature; REF2021
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
P Language and Literature > PR English literature > PR1 Literary history and criticism
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Arts
Research Priority Areas: Culture, Continuity, and Transformation
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2016 10:04
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 08:55

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