1st Edition

Engendering a Nation A Feminist Account of Shakespeare's English Histories

By Jean E. Howard, Phyllis Rackin Copyright 1997
    266 Pages
    by Routledge

    266 Pages
    by Routledge

    Engendering a Nation adopts a sophisticated feminist analysis to examine the place of gender in contesting representations of nationhood in early modern England. Plays featured include:

    * King John
    * Henry VI, Part I
    * Henry VI, Part II
    * Henry, Part III
    * Richard III
    * Richard II
    * Henry V.

    It will be a must for students and scholars interested in the cultural and social implications of Shakespeare today.

    Part I: Making Gender Visible: A Re-Viewing of Shakespeare's History Plays 1. Thoroughly Modern Henry 2. The History Play in Shakespeare's Time 3. Feminism, Women, and the Shakespearean History Play 4. The Theater as Institution Notes. Part II: Weak Kings, Warrior Women, and the Assault on Dynastic Authority: The First Tetralogy and King John 1. Henry VI, Part I 2. Henry VI, Part II 3. Henry VI, Part III 4. Richard III 5. King John. Notes. Part III: Gender and Nation: Anticipations of Modernity in the Second Tetralogy 1. Richard II 2. The Henry IV plays 3. Henry V Notes. Bibilography. Index.


    Jean E. Howard, Phyllis Rackin

    'This is good Shakespearean scholarship from a feminist aspect ... or maybe good feminist scholarship from a Shakespearean standpoint?' - Fawcett Library Newsletter