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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent edition, 5 Oct. 2014
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This review is from: Richard II: The Oxford Shakespeare (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
This is an excellent edition of Richard II: published in 2011, it is current and academically up to date. The introduction (c.120 pp.) is particularly full tracing as it does some of the controversies of interpretation, starting with the commissioning of its performance before the Essex 'rebellion', and Elizabeth's own assertion that 'I am Richard II, know ye not that?'.

Importantly for modern readers and audiences, the introduction also explores what 'history' meant to sixteenth century audiences and how the play might be contextualised in terms of genre expectations. The section on performance history is also useful in thinking through how the play itself has travelled through history.

The play-text is clear with useful on-page notes - altogether an excellent study edition with a sewn binding making this a nicely robust book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Up to the minute, 28 Nov. 2011
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Having the last word is often an advantage and this Oxford edition of Richard II, coming after its main rivals (Cambridge, 1984) and Arden (Arden, 2002), is consequently able to draw upon more recent research and performance. Its mention of a 2009 Vancouver production of the play (in the Commentary) and its discussion of recent books and articles (in the Introduction) make this volume very much up-to-the-minute. (Interestingly, one such book mentioned, by James Siemon, includes an ingenious interpretation of the allegorical 'garden scene', in which 'bushy' and 'green' excrescences are cut off! Two of Richard's favourites, Bushy and Green, of course, meet a similar fate under Bolingbroke.)

This Introduction is especially strong on the study of history and on Shakespeare's contribution to it. Shakespeare's Richard II is often noted for its conservatism - citizens are called 'subjects' throughout and commoners are much less conspicuous than in source texts. To the Oxford authors, however, Shakespeare's play is radical. As well as being encouraged to judge sceptically for themselves, spectators are made to feel involved in England's past and, from their vantage-point in the playhouse, part of a political community. (But to suggest that the play 'makes the audience a party to the regicide' is, perhaps, to overstate the extent of audience involvement.)

Section headings on, for example, language, character and stage history, make for a more conventional approach than some, but there is rewarding material in each: how the play's supposed 'stylistic unity' needs careful qualification; and how John Barton's 1973 RSC production, although 'one of the defining productions of the play of the twentieth century', continues a long tradition of rewriting and adapting - initiated by the same Nahum Tate that gave King Lear a happy ending. Several pages are devoted to Barton's often controversial interpretation which, like the Introduction itself, is concerned with how the dual identity of individual and role creates 'twinning'.

In the Commentary, the authors provide accessible notes. With refreshing candour, they occasionally show that some of Richard's more extravagant metaphors are beyond the comprehension even of scholars - as with the well and two buckets image (in IV.1), described as 'somewhat confused'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ebook quality somewhat lacking, 12 April 2014
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The additional materials provide a fascinating read. I was extremely happy to find an ebook edition of the annotated version of this play, but found that the digitalisation was not very well-executed. The textual comments are accessed via links, but instead of linking specific words or phrases that the comments refer to, the ebook links line numbers (5, 10, etc.), and only if there is a comment for that specific line. A few of the links are broken, and lead to comments in a different part of the text. Starting from Act 4 the links to comments disappear altogether. This is not helpful if one is trying to read the comments alongside the text. Otherwise, very few typos that I noticed.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great play, 19 May 2013
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This is my favourite Shakespeare play. I think it contains some of the finest of all Shakespeare speeches. Looking forward to seeing it at the Barbocan in January.
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4.0 out of 5 stars She thinks it was quite good value., 26 Nov. 2014
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i bought this book for my wife. She thinks it was quite good value.
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