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Stages of History
Phyllis Rackin
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Stages of History

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Phyllis Rackin offers a fresh approach to Shakespeares English history plays, rereading them in the context of a world were rapid cultural change transforms historical consciousness and gave the study of history a new urgency.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published January 1st 1990 by Cornell University Press
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Jun 15, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone writing an essay on Shakespeare and the development of the English Nation.
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Actually, not bad! Rackin's got some interesting points on how history worked for Shakespeare and his contemporaries, and relates that to current historiography trends. However, she does have a tendency to repeat herself, and sometimes states the obvious. At other times she gets needlessly complicated! While I can understand her desire to find the voices of women in Shakespeare's plays, I found that chapter pretty unneccessary. Despite all of this, she's got a readable style and she's pretty str ...more
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