A commentary on Shakespeare's Richard III /

First published in 1968. Providing a detailed and rigorous analysis of Richard III, this Commentary reveals every nuance of meaning whilst maintaining a firm grasp on the structure of the play. The result is an outstanding lesson in the methodology of Shakespearian criticism as well as an essential...

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Main Author: Clemen, Wolfgang.
Format: eBook
Published: London : Routledge, 2005.
Series:Routledge library editions. Shakespeare.
Routledge library editions. Shakespeare. Critical studies ; 8.
Online Access:CONNECT
Table of Contents:
  • Cover; A COMMENTARY ON SHAKESPEARE'S RICHARD III; Original Title Page; Original Copyright Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; PREFATORY NOTE; INTRODUCTION; Act I; SCENE ONE; General Structure; The Opening Soliloquy; The Pre-Shakespearian Opening Soliloquy; Dialogue-Technique in the Episodes with Clarence and Hastings; Forms of Irony in I, i; The Language of the Dialogue; Richard's Soliloquies; Exposition within the Scene; SCENE TWO; Anne's Soliloquy; The Address as a Means of Irony; Anne's Speech of Imprecation; The Technique of the Dialogue; Richard's Tactics.
  • The 'Conversion-Speech'Psychological Development; Richard's Concluding Soliloquy; Conversion-Scenes and Wooing-Scenes in Pre-Shakespearian Drama; SCENE THREE; Structure; The Opening Episodes; Richard's Entry and Behaviour; Richard's Use of Language; Margaret; Margaret and the Stage Action; Simultaneous Staging in Pre-Shakespearian Drama; Linguistic Structure; Richard as the Instrument of Nemesis; Past and Future Dramatically Portrayed; The Curses; Curses in Pre-Shakespearian Drama; Warnings and Prophecies; Margaret's Final Curse; Richard's Soliloquy; The Interlude with the Murderers.
  • Incitement to Murder in Pre-Shakespearian DramaSCENE FOUR; The 'Self-Contained' Scene in Shakespeare's Plays; The Place of the Scene in the Dramatic Structure; The Composition of the Scene; Clarence's Dream; The Journey to the Underworld; Comparison with Richard's Dream in V, iii; Dramatization of the Dream-Narrative; The Dream: Language and Versification; Dreams in Pre-Shakespearian Drama; Brakenbury's Monologue; The Murder-Scene; The Conversation on Conscience; The Dialogue with Clarence; Murder-Scenes in Pre-Shakespearian Drama; Act II; SCENE ONE; The Reconciliation-Scene.
  • Technique of RepetitionIrony and Ambiguity; Richard's Entry; The Derby-Episode as a 'Mirror-Scene'; The King's Final Speech; SCENE TWO; The Opening: The Children; Children in Elizabethan Drama; The Lament; Richard's Entry; Buckingham's Speech; SCENE THREE; The Time-Element in Richard III; II, iii as a Choric Scene; II, iii as a Mirror-Scene; Structure and Themes; Anticipation and Foreboding; The Use of Proverbs; Recurrent Key-Words; SCENE FOUR; Portrayal of Richard; References to Time and Place; Dialogue-Technique; The Messenger; Language and Style of the Passionate Rhetorical Speech; Act III.
  • SCENE ONEStructure of the Scene; The Arrival in London; The Discussion of Sanctuary; The Discussion about Caesar; Richard and the Figure of Vice; The Talk with York; Forms of Irony; Versification; Final Section; SCENE TWO; The Messenger's Entry; Stanley's Dream; The Catesby-Episode: Ironic Contrast; The Tower as a Scene of Action; SCENE THREE; Treatment of a Minor Episode; The Spectacle and the Text; Turning-Point in the Action; SCENE FOUR; Hastings' Rôle and Dramatic Irony; Richard's Entry; The Reversal of the Situation; Hastings' Epilogue; Scene-Endings in Richard III; SCENE FIVE.