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Shakespeare's Richard III

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Shakespeare's Richard III

<p>Shakespeare wrote Richard III, one of his best known plays, over 100 years after Richard was killed at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. So how did he know what had happened? What sources did he use

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Shakespeare wrote Richard III, one of his best known plays, over 100 years after Richard was killed at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. So how did he know what had happened? What sources did he use and how reliable were these sources? We examine the textual evidence that Shakespeare would have had access to, the histories, the chronicles, and the gossip of the late 15th century. We also look at the various film productions of Richard III to discover the changing nature of the way Richard III, much maligned and still so mysterious, has been depicted in popular culture.


SUGGESTED READING

  • Bloom, Harold. Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human. New York: Riverhead Books, 1999.
  • More, St. Sir Thomas. History of King Richard III. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1976
  • Ross, Charles D. Richard III. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1981.
  • Weir, Alison. The Wars of the Roses. New York: Ballantine, 1996.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Discuss the various documentary sources that Shakespeare drew upon with reference to their time period and historicity.
  2. Understand the interpretations based on contemporary thinking after viewing different filmic productions of Richard III.