Shakespeare and Wales

A range of explanatory factors had been sought in Shakespeare's background and biography. As Kate Chedgzoy discusses in this volume, F.J. Harries' pioneering approach to Shakespeare and the Welsh was bound up with and to a large extent ...

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Author: Willy Maley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317056287

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 260

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Shakespeare and Wales offers a 'Welsh correction' to a long-standing deficiency. It explores the place of Wales in Shakespeare's drama and in Shakespeare criticism, covering ground from the absorption of Wales into the Tudor state in 1536 to Shakespeare on the Welsh stage in the twenty-first century. Shakespeare's major Welsh characters, Fluellen and Glendower, feature prominently, but the Welsh dimension of the histories as a whole, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Cymbeline also come in for examination. The volume also explores the place of Welsh-identified contemporaries of Shakespeare such as Thomas Churchyard and John Dee, and English writers with pronounced Welsh interests such as Spenser, Drayton and Dekker. This volume brings together experts in the field from both sides of the Atlantic, including leading practitioners of British Studies, in order to establish a detailed historical context that illustrates the range and richness of Shakespeare's Welsh sources and resources, and confirms the degree to which Shakespeare continues to impact upon Welsh culture and identity even as the process of devolution in Wales serves to shake the foundations of Shakespeare's status as an unproblematic English or British dramatist.

Shakespeare s Princes of Wales

English Identity and the Welsh Connection Marisa R. Cull. Kawachi, Yoshiko, Calendar of English Renaissance Drama, 1558–1642 (New York: Garland, 1986). Kernan, Alvin, Shakespeare, The King's Playwright: Theater in the Stuart Court ...

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Author: Marisa R. Cull

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191025327

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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Shakespeare's Princes of Wales spotlights the surprising abundance of princes of Wales—English and Welsh alike—appearing onstage in the late Tudor and early Stuart period. In drawing our attention to the oft-overlooked and frequently misunderstood Welsh inheritance, and in investigating its staged and shadowed heirs in plays and court performances by Shakespeare, Peele, Fletcher, Jonson, and more, Marisa R. Cull suggests that the growing scholarly interest in Wales's influence on English national identity must be conditioned by the political and theatrical specificity of the princedom. Illuminating the princedom's unique role as an extension of the Welsh past in contemporary England, Shakespeare's Princes of Wales reveals early modern English culture's understanding of the princedom as linked to England's most pressing national crises: the tenuous connection between bloodline and succession, the anxiety over England's native strength, and the fraught process of fashioning a British state. In the pages of this book, we meet familiar characters—Hal, Glendower, Fluellen, and more—wholly transformed through the added insights about the princedom, and encounter long-ignored or forgotten heirs, meaningfully resurrected for the insights they provide on the Anglo-Welsh past. In telling the story of the early modern princedom, Shakespeare's Princes of Wales offers new insights not only into that period's politics and theater, but also into a title that survives, in continued complexity, to this day.

Shakespeare and Wales

This volume brings together experts in the field from both sides of the Atlantic, including leading practitioners of British Studies, in order to establish a detailed historical context that illustrates the range and richness of Shakespeare ...

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Author: Willy Maley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317056294

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 260

View: 446

Shakespeare and Wales offers a 'Welsh correction' to a long-standing deficiency. It explores the place of Wales in Shakespeare's drama and in Shakespeare criticism, covering ground from the absorption of Wales into the Tudor state in 1536 to Shakespeare on the Welsh stage in the twenty-first century. Shakespeare's major Welsh characters, Fluellen and Glendower, feature prominently, but the Welsh dimension of the histories as a whole, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Cymbeline also come in for examination. The volume also explores the place of Welsh-identified contemporaries of Shakespeare such as Thomas Churchyard and John Dee, and English writers with pronounced Welsh interests such as Spenser, Drayton and Dekker. This volume brings together experts in the field from both sides of the Atlantic, including leading practitioners of British Studies, in order to establish a detailed historical context that illustrates the range and richness of Shakespeare's Welsh sources and resources, and confirms the degree to which Shakespeare continues to impact upon Welsh culture and identity even as the process of devolution in Wales serves to shake the foundations of Shakespeare's status as an unproblematic English or British dramatist.

Shakespeare and the Welsh

This book has been considered by academicians and scholars of great significance and value to literature.

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Author: Frederick J. Harries

Publisher: Alpha Edition

ISBN: 935360883X

Category: History

Page: 258

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This book has been considered by academicians and scholars of great significance and value to literature. This forms a part of the knowledge base for future generations. We have represented this book in the same form as it was first published. Hence any marks seen are left intentionally to preserve its true nature.

Shakespeare s Princes of Wales

Shakespeare's Princes of Wales examines how the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries portrayed the influence of the princedom of Wales.

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Author: Marisa R. Cull

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198716198

Category: History

Page: 203

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Shakespeare's Princes of Wales examines a dynamic political and theatrical moment in the history of one of the most famed royal titles in the world--'prince of Wales'. Marisa Cull explores how the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries re-staged the dramatic transition from the princedom's Welshness to its English incarnation, and argues that the princedom became, and remains, an English cultural touchstone on matters of royal bloodline andsuccession, native strength, and the anxieties associated with British union.

How Wales Was Made So Happy

With famous lines like "On, on, you noblest English!," and "This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England," Shakespeare's plays--especially the histories-- are famous for their role in creating and glorifying English national ...

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Author: Morgan Moore

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:928758359

Category:

Page: 93

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With famous lines like "On, on, you noblest English!," and "This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England," Shakespeare's plays--especially the histories-- are famous for their role in creating and glorifying English national identity. But equally important to an understanding of Shakespeare's canon are minority British identities, and of these the most prevalent and most overlooked are the Welsh. This thesis focuses on Shakespeare's Welsh characters, their roles and presentations, and chooses to examine the often paradoxical portrayals of such Welsh characters. In focusing on Sir Hugh Evans from The Merry Wives of Windsor, Fluellen from Henry V, Owen Glendower and Lady Mortimer from Henry IV Part One, and the landscape of Wales depicted in Cymbeline, I argue that there is a powerful duality of the foreign and familiar, absurdity and respectability, embedded in Shakespeare's Welshmen which is in keeping with the theory of beneficial and productive "nonsense" put forward by Stephen Booth-- and which becomes apparent, and deeply significant, in performance.

Speak it in Welsh

"Speak It in Welsh" Wales and the Welsh Language in Shakespeare examines the marginalized Welsh voice in Shakespeare's plays and seeks to understand why Shakespeare may have included Wales and the Welsh in his plays as he reacts to, ...

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Author: Megan S. Lloyd

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015070749117

Category: Drama

Page: 209

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"Speak It in Welsh" Wales and the Welsh Language in Shakespeare examines the marginalized Welsh voice in Shakespeare's plays and seeks to understand why Shakespeare may have included Wales and the Welsh in his plays as he reacts to, reflects, and contributes to the formation of early modern Britain. Today, contemporary English playwrights seldom turn to Wales as a subject or setting for their works, and infrequently do they include Welsh characters in their plays. Yet during the English Renaissance, we find a great many plays about Wales, set in Wales, or with Welsh characters on stage entertaining English-speaking audiences. From the quarrelling captains in Henry V to the linguistically challenged lovers in I Henry IV, to the monoglot vocalist Lady Mortimer, to the proud Sir High Evans, Shakespeare creates Welsh characters whose voices, language use, and presence help reflect one aspect of British identity. Beginning with Tudor Welsh language policy and its impact on Welsh identity and Britishness, with attention paid to foreign language usage in the Henriad and the characterization of Wales and the Welsh in Shakespeare's plays,"Speak It in Welsh" illustrates how Shakespeare offers a dramatic portrayal of a newly evolving Britain and how he constructs a model for English and Welsh coexistence for a newly forming British identity.

Wales

Glendower lived It happens that the Owen Glendower of before the rise of any modern political Shakespeare is also the Owen Glendower question . He championed the squire and of history . He stands as a giant among tenant and labourer ...

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Author: Sir Owen Morgan Edwards

Publisher:

ISBN: HARVARD:32044081101065

Category: Wales

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Shakespeare in the Present

This book suggests ways in which its principles may be applied to aspects of Shakespeare's plays. Hawkes concentrates on two main areas in which Presentism impacts on the study of Shakespeare.

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Author: Terence Hawkes

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134505937

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 176

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Shakespeare in the Present is a stunning collection of essays by Terence Hawkes, which engage with, explain, and explore 'presentism'. Presentism is a critical manoeuvre which uses relevant aspects of the contemporary as a crucial trigger for its investigations. It deliberately begins with the material present and lets that set the interrogative agenda. This book suggests ways in which its principles may be applied to aspects of Shakespeare's plays. Hawkes concentrates on two main areas in which Presentism impacts on the study of Shakespeare. The first is the concept of 'devolution' in British politics. The second is presentism's commitment to a reversal of conceptual hierarchies such as primary/secondary and past/present, and the interaction between performance and reference. The result is to sophisticate and expand our notion of performing and to refocus interest on what the early modern theatre meant by the activity it termed 'playing'.