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Shakespeare, Marlowe and the politics of France /
Richard Hillman.
Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave, 2002.
vii, 260 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
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Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave, 2002.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 227-245) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Richard Hillman is Professor of English at the Universite Francois-Rabelais (Tours)
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Appeared in Choice on 2003-01-01:
Hillman (Univ. of Western Ontario) reminds the reader that things concerning France pervaded London between 1589 and 1603. Specifically, he argues that French history--whether contemporaneous, recent, or distant--provided Shakespeare and Marlowe with subject matter for their French-related history plays. Indeed, when one recontextualizes those plays vis-a-vis a French backdrop, as Hillman invites the reader to do, one can better see the French presence within them. Hillman applies this hypothesis to Thomas Nashe's The Unfortunate Traveller, Shakespeare's King John, Marlowe's Edward II and The Massacre at Paris, and Shakespeare's first and second tetralogies (1-3 Henry VI, Richard III; Richard II, 1-2 Henry IV, Henry V). When Hillman correlates English history plays with related French literature, his intertextual approach is insightful and helpful. Regrettably, certain features of Hillman's study are less successful: he frequently quotes passages of French but does not translate them, and his style is so dense and opaque that even experienced scholars will struggle to follow. These shortcomings limit his audience to a very small coterie indeed. This is unfortunate because he has a compelling story to tell. Graduate and research collections. M. W. Price Grove City College
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Main Description
Taking a wide-ranging intertextual approach, Richard Hillman produces fresh readings of some familiar Early Modern English plays by setting them against political and cultural discourses concerning France, as the latter informed contemporary English consciousness. The English works explored go beyond those directly representing French affairs, on the premise that dramatic treatments of English historical topics, notably by Shakespeare and Marlowe, were inflected by events across the Channel.
Table of Contents
textual Notep. vii
Introduction: the Vasty (discursive) Fields of Francep. 1
The Unfortunate Traveller in (and Out Of) Francep. 30
Shakespeare's Arthurian Misfortunesp. 47
Marlovian Monarchs and Various Guisesp. 72
Turning and Turning Again: Shakespeare's First Tetralogyp. 112
Of Tendyr Hertys Been Englysche Menp. 171
Notesp. 198
Works Citedp. 227
Indexp. 246
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