Harrying

Skills of Offense in Shakespeare's Henriad

by Harry Berger

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  • 9780823256631
  • 9780823256655

Harrying considers Richard III and the four plays of Shakespeare’s Henriad—Richard II, Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, and Henry V. Berger combines close reading with cultural analysis to show how the language characters speak always says more than the speakers mean to say.

Shakespeare’s speakers try to say one thing. Their language says other things that often question the speakers’ motives or intentions. Harrying explores the effect of this linguistic mischief on the representation of all the Henriad’s major figures.

It centers attention on the portrayal of Falstaff and on the bad faith that darkens the language and performance of Harry, the Prince of Wales who becomes King Henry V.

  • Fordham University Press; September 2015
  • ISBN: 9780823256655
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  • Title: Harrying
  • Author: Harry Berger
  • Imprint: Fordham University Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780823256631
  • 9780823256655

In The Press

This non-linear structure derives from and supports Berger’s express conviction that Shakespeare’s plays do not, as commonly asserted, find their true meaning on stage. Rather, he suggests here, they are 'underdetermined' by their theatrical purpose

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ISBNs
  • 9780823256631
  • 9780823256655