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Henry V revisited

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"Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more!": Harry of England's rallying cry has never ceased to resonate with forceful energy to the ears of spectators far beyond the backdrop of the Anglo-French Hundred Years' War. The climax of Shakespeare's two tetralogies, which also coincided with the opening of the newly-built Globe theatre in the summer of 1599, Henry V has galvanized its audiences with its vibrant chorus and its battle scenes alike, while also exploring the heroic self-fashioning of a Christian king who may or may not be the noble soul that he aspires to be.

Henry V has often been regarded as a patriotic work. Yet for all its emphasis on camaraderie, honour, power and "vasty" ambition, Shakespeare's history play resounds with the heart-rending echoes of personal loss and political division. Its compelling rhetoric, its ambivalent treatment of warfare, and its blend of humour and violence together with the complex socio-political issues at work, account for its global popularity in a post-Brexit world, on “unworthy scaffold[s]” as much as on the Hollywood screen.

Following the recent inclusion of Henry V in the Agrégation syllabus in France (2021-2022), this volume seeks to provide new perspectives on the play and to question a variety of issues relating to politics, cultural representations, gender, class, aesthetics, materiality, and adaptation. Its four parts highlight the richness of the play and reflect recent critical trends in early modern drama studies.

Sophie Chiari

Sophie Chiari est professeur de littérature anglaise (XVIe-XVIIe siècles) à l'Université Clermont Auvergne, membre de l'IHRIM (UMR 5317) et Directrice de la Maison des sciences de l'homme de Clermont-Ferrand. Elle a récemment dirigé Spectacular Science, Technology and Superstition in the Age of Shakespeare avec Mickaël Popelard (Edinburgh University Press, 2017) et Freedom and Censorship in Early Modern English Literature (Routledge, 2018). Sa dernière monographie s'intitule Shakespeare's Representation of Weather, Climate and Environment (Edinburgh University Press, 2018).

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Sophie Lemercier-Goddard

Sophie Lemercier-Goddard est maître de conférences à l'ENS de Lyon en littérature de la Renaissance et membre de l'IHRIM (UMR 5317). Ses recherches en cours portent sur les questions de traduction, d'identité et sur l'écriture de l'empire dans les récits d'exploration et de colonisation britanniques de la Première Modernité. Elle est l'auteur de plusieurs articles sur le voyage de circumnavigation de Francis Drake ainsi que sur les récits des explorateurs anglais à la recherche du passage du Nord-Ouest (H. Gilbert, M. Frobisher, H. Hudson).

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Sophie Chiari (Université Clermont Auvergne) / Sophie Lemercier-Goddard (École Normale Supérieure de Lyon)

Notes on Contributors

General Introduction
Sophie Chiari (Université Clermont Auvergne)

Part I: From Facts to Fiction: Recreative History

1. Henry V and Holinshed's Chronicles or the Dramatisation of Chronicle Writing Materials
Anna Demoux (Université Clermont Auvergne)

2. 'Ciphers to this great account’: Shorthand and the Depiction of History in Henry V
Emily Smith (University of Geneva)

3. Eliding Military and Political History in Henry V
Paul Innes (United Arab Emirates University)

4. Remembering and Forgetting in Henry V
Lisa Hopkins (Sheffield Hallam University)

Part II: The Rhetoric and Politics of Warfare: From Silence to Ostentation

5. ‘Make Imaginary Puissance’: Force, Labour and Imagination in Henry V
James Tink (Tohoku University)

6. War and Ideology in Shakespeare’s Henry V
Jean-Marc Chadelat (Sorbonne Université)

7. Of Pistols and Pikes: Weapons of War in Shakespeare’s Henry V
Murat Öğütcü (Munzur University)

Part III: Cultural and Social Representations: Fashioning the Self, Fashioning Others

8. ‘Base Tick, call’st thou me host?’: Social Parasitism in Henry V
Ursula Clayton (University of Warwick)

9. Defiling Locks: The Language of Rape and Sexual Violence in Henry V
Mylène Lacroix (Université d’Angers)

10. Margins and Centre: Celtic Otherness and the Idea of Nation in Henry V
Céline Savatier-Lahondes (Université Clermont Auvergne)

Part IV: Imaginative Constructions: Beliefs and Perspectives

11. Bad Humours in Henry V
Sophie Lemercier-Goddard (École Normale Supérieure de Lyon)

12. ‘That which you hear you’ll swear you see’: The Triumph of Illusion in Henry V
Michèle Vignaux (Université Lumière Lyon 2)

13. ‘Let us […] / On your imaginary forces work’: Persuasion, Perspective and Hypnosis
Jean-Louis Claret (Aix-Marseille Université)

14. Myths of a Nation in The Hollow Crown: A Televisual Epic
Julie Coblentz (École Normale Supérieure de Lyon)

General Bibliography


Détails du produit

Sophie Chiari Sophie Lemercier-Goddard
Dialogues des Modernités
Date de parution
9 septembre 2021
Nombre de pages
296 pages
16 x 24 cm

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