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Sites about Richard II
by William Shakespeare
Historical tragedy about King Richard II, who banishes Bolingbroke and Mowbry only to later have Bolingbroke invade England and imprison Richard and become King Henry IV.
Characters: Henry Bolingbroke, Thomas Mowbry, John of Gaunt, Richard II
Critical sites about Richard II
- “Give me the glass, and therein will I read”: Narcissism and Metadrama in Richard II
- " It is Richard’s narcissism with which I am primarily concerned in this essay, for it, especially when considered in light of some of Jacques Lacan’s theories, helps to illuminate the effect of Shakespeare’s metadrama in this play."
- Contains: Character Analysis, Content Analysis,
- Author: Mark S. Graybill
- From: Selected Papers of the West Virginia Shakespeare and Renaissance Association Volume 19,1996
- Shakespeare's Richard II as landlord and wasting tenant
- "William Shakespeare's play 'Richard II' focuses on the issue of property law as it examines the two capacities of Richard II, the main character, of both being the landholder and wasting tenant."
- Contains: Character Analysis
- Author: Klinck, Dennis R.
- From: College Literature Winter 1998 (v25 n1) Start Page: p21
- "Subjected Thus": Plague and Panopticism in Richard II
- "This essay seeks to read Richard II from within a theoretical frameworkconstituted by the work of Michel Foucault, specifically the analysis offered inDiscipline and Punish of the development of disciplinary strategies in theregulation and policing of the plague-stricken town. These mark one of the earliestmanifestations within early modern culture of those mechanisms of surveillance andthe techniques of subjection from which Foucault traces the development ofpanopticism. The essay argues that precisely these strategies of disciplinary powercan be traced in the Elizabethan orders for the governance of the metropolisduring a visitation of the plague. In these regulations it is possible to discern theprogress of a molecular revolution in practices of subjection which signals a shiftfrom the spectacular modality of power which has for so long been associated withthe exercise of sovereignty in Early Modern culture and the installation oftechniques of coercive confinement which signal the onset of modernity. Thereading of Richard II offered by the essay suggests that the play figures theemergence, in the receding shadow of the spectacular corporeality of Renaissanceabsolutism, of a disciplinary technology and temporality that is associated with thefigure of Bolingbroke. Richard's deposition and incarceration signal his subjectionto a carceral modality of power and the displacement of the spectacularcorporeality of the sovereign by a penitent interiority discloses the play'simportance as an early textual trace of the process Foucault describes as leading tothe formation of the 'modern soul.'"
- Contains: Historical Context,
- Author: Nick Cox
- From: Early Modern Literary Studies 6.2 (September, 2000): 5.1-44
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