King John | Critical Essay by Larry S. Champion

This literature criticism consists of approximately 29 pages of analysis & critique of King John.
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Critical Essay by Larry S. Champion

SOURCE: Champion, Larry S. “‘Confound Their Skill in Covetousness’: The Ambivalent Perspective of Shakespeare's King John.Tennessee Studies in Literature 24 (1979): 36-55.

In the following essay, Champion examines the characterization, dramatic technique, and thematic structure of King John, maintaining that Shakespeare's use of shifting angles of vision in the work creates a successful and complex pattern of ambiguity.

Dating King John from external evidence is simply impossible. We know only that the play, first published in F1 1623, is noted as Shakespeare's by Francis Meres in 1598; the first recorded performance is at Covent Garden in 1737. Internal evidence has led the majority of Shakespearean critics to suggest 1594-1596, though a minority view—which holds that The Troublesome Raigne of King John (published in 1591) is dependent on Shakespeare's play—argues for 1590 or earlier.1 The...

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