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1 Richard II?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2480  Tuesday, 6 January 2004

[1]     From:   Hugh Grady <
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        Date:   Monday, 5 Jan 2004 09:42:41 -0500
        Subj:   RE: SHK 14.2468 1 Richard II?

[2]     From:   Mac Jackson <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 6 Jan 2004 16:54:03 +1300
        Subj:   RE: SHK 14.2468 1 Richard II?


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From:           Hugh Grady <
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Date:           Monday, 5 Jan 2004 09:42:41 -0500
Subject: 14.2468 1 Richard II?
Comment:        RE: SHK 14.2468 1 Richard II?

Of course there is no "absolute consensus" on "Woodstock" as a prequel
to Shakespeare's "Richard II," and the case for this idea, such as it
is, is speculative at best. The connection was a pet notion of Cambridge
Shakespearean A. P. Rossiter (_Angel with Horns_, 1961), whose idea, as
I recall from a rereading several years back, was that "Woodstock"
clarified Richard's hand in the death of Thomas of Woodstock and so
helped show that Bolingbroke's charges against Mowbray at the beginning
of the play were really directed against Richard from the first. An
interesting speculation, but to my mind part of the chimerical search of
the old historicism for a supposed "solid reality" underlying
Shakespeare's shifting discourses and openness to multiple interpretations.

--Hugh Grady

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From:           Mac Jackson <
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Date:           Tuesday, 6 Jan 2004 16:54:03 +1300
Subject: 14.2468 1 Richard II?
Comment:        RE: SHK 14.2468 1 Richard II?

In reply to Andy Jones, there is no consensus on the relation between
Woodstock and Richard II. In "Shakespeare's Richard II and the Anonymous
Thomas of Woodstock", Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England, 14
(2002), 17-65, I give grounds for believing that Woodstock was composed
in the seventeenth century, probably around 1606, by Samuel Rowley, and
that it therefore echoes Shakespeare's play, instead of Shakespeare's
play echoing it. My case has been found persuasive by several competent
scholars, though not by Corbin and Sedge in their recent Revels edition.
They don't, however, attempt to answer my arguments.

Michael Egan doesn't agree with me either.

Mac Jackson

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