Healy, Thomas

Dr Thomas Healy is Senior Lecturer in English at Birkbeck, University of London. He has written widely on the early modern period and is the author of Richard Crashaw, New Latitudes: Theory and English Renaissance Literature and is the editor (with Jonathan Sawday) of Literature and the English Civil War.

Publications by this author:

Richard II

£ 10.99 each Richard II


An innovative reconsideration of Richard II which combines historical understanding, current literary theory, and new perspectives on performance of one of Shakespeare's major plays.

Description: Deeply immersed in the politics of kingship, Richard II was undoubtedly one of the most controversial plays to be staged in the 1050s. This book locates Richard II firmly amidst the late-sixteenth-century heated debates between champions of absolute monarchy and advocates of a more limited, democratic style of government; debates which culminated in the 1640s in the deposition and killing of an actual monarch Charles I. Outlining both conservative and more recent radical approaches, the political impact of the play at the time of the Essex rebellion through to the 1680s is considered. Analysis of the complex language, symbolism, and dramatic sign-systems of the play, emphasise Richard II as a play which confounds single, straightforward viewpoints. Political and gender instability go hand-in-hand in Richard II and an introduction of feminist perspectives, furthers the book's thesis that the troubling distance between signs and what they represent is the central preoccupation of the play. Finally, the author reflects on critical and stage appropriations of the Shakespearian text since 1680, discussing important productions of Richard II over the centuries, including, in particular depth, John Barton's for the RSC in 1973 and Deborah Warner's 1995 production for the Royal National Theatre at The Cottesloe.


Author: Healy, Margaret



£ 10.99 each Christopher Marlowe

A modern critical study of a widely studied and performed dramatist.

Description: Christopher Marlowe is a writer of energy and extravagance. Plays such as Doctor Faustus, Edward the Second, The Jew of Malta, and Tamburlaine continue to challenge and startle modern readers as much as they did the Elizabethan world. Marlowe's writing in both style and substance questions received norms, transgresses safe boundaries, proposes new possibilities about the conditions under which humanity lives. This is the first study for some time which explores the whole range of Marlowe's writing. Using recent ideas about the relations between literature and history, popular and elite culture and the nature of the Elizabethan theatre, the book reassesses the significance of Marlowe. Adopting the advantages offered by recent theoretical perspectives, the book demystifies many of the traditional myths about both writings and writer. Written with clarity and without obfuscating jargon, this book is an ideal introduction to one of the most exciting and innovative writers in English. It provides assessment of all Marlowe's important works, fresh insights into the plays and poems and a detailed bibliography for further study.


Author: Healy, Thomas

Christopher Marlowe



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