King John: New Perspectives

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Deborah T. Curren-Aquino
University of Delaware Press, 1989 - Literary Criticism - 205 pages
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Illuminating Shakespeare's complex experimentation with the dramatic genre of history, these twelve essays bring such time-honored critical methods as source study and concentration on genre, imagery and language, theme, and character together with more current techniques based on historiography, the new historicism, feminism, pragmatics, performance history, and perspectivism.
 

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Contents

King John Resurgent
11
The Historiographic Methodology of King John
29
King John and The Troublesome Raigne A Reexamination
41
King John A Study in Subversion and Containment
62
Patriarchal History and Female Subversion in King John
76
The Kings One Body Unceremonial Kingship in King John
91
So Jest with Heaven Deity in King John
99
Blots Stains and Adulteries The Impurities in King John
114
Fraternal Pragmatics Speech Acts of John and the Bastard
136
Constance A Theatrical Trinity
144
Staging King John A Directors Observations
165
The Unend of King John Shakespeares Demystification of Closure
173
Select Performance History
186
Select Bibliography
193
Contributors
197
Index
201

The Four Voices of the Bastard
126

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Deborah T. Curren-Aquino is Reader at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC.

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