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Awake remembrance of these valiant dead: Henry V and the politics of the English history play

Thorne, A. (2002) Awake remembrance of these valiant dead: Henry V and the politics of the English history play. Shakespeare Studies, 30. pp. 162-87. ISSN 083863962

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    Abstract

    "A PROPAGANDA-PLAY on National Unity: heavily orchestrated for the brass" was how A. P. Rossiter summed up Henry V in 1954. (1) The assumption that this play is complicit with the promonarchical, nationalist rhetoric of the Chorus, and with the particular myth of Englishness it propounds, has persisted. In recent years the most cogent articulation of this view has come from Richard Helgerson, who sees the play as the culmination of Shakespeare's gradual tightening of his "obsessive and compelling focus on the ruler" during the writing of his English history cycle, at the cost of occluding the interests of the ruled.

    Item type: Article
    ID code: 8720
    Keywords: shakespeare, henry V, english studies, theatre, plays, english history, English literature, Visual Arts and Performing Arts, Literature and Literary Theory, Cultural Studies
    Subjects: Language and Literature > English literature
    Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Humanities > English
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    Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
    Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2009 12:04
    Last modified: 05 Sep 2014 13:03
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/8720

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