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Harrying: Skills of Offense in Shakespeare's Henriad

Harry Berger, Jr.


This book considers Richard III and the four plays of Shakespeare's Henriad—Richard II, Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, and Henry V. This book 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. The book 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 fait ... More

Keywords: Richard III, Richard II, Henry IV, Henry V, Shakespeare, linguistic mischief, Henriad, Falstaff, Prince of Wales

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780823256624
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823256624.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Harry Berger, Jr., author
University of California, Santa Cruz