publication . Part of book or chapter of book . 2010

“Not a man from England”: assimilating the exotic ‘other’ through performance, from Henry IV to Henry VI

Penlington, A.;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Sep 2010
  • Publisher: Ashgate
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
This essay will consider recent shifts in performance representations of England and the exotic ‘other’ in Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Henry V and Henry VI plays. By tracing the texts’ varied representations of non-English Britons and those for whom English is not their mother tongue (such as Owen Glyndwr in 1 Henry IV and Princess Catherine in Henry V), recent criticism has identified that Shakespeare’s narrative portrays the challenges of assimilating ‘otherness’ within English culture. This essay aims to build on the existing textual criticism by examining how recent performance trends affect and revise Shakespeare’s presentation of England and challenge the very...
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