Elizabethan Stage Conventions and Modern Interpreters
By (author) Alan C. Dessen
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Elizabethan Stage Conventions and Modern Interpreters by Alan C. Dessen
Book DescriptionAlan Dessen samples about four hundred manuscripts and printed plays to record the original staging conventions of the age of Shakespeare. After studying the stage properties, movements and configurations implicit in recurrent phrases and stage directions, he concludes that Elizabethan spectators, less concerned with realism than later generations, were used to receiving a kind of theatrical shorthand transmitted by the actors from the playwright. Professor Dessen both describes this shorthand (e.g. the use of nightgowns, boots and dishevelled hair) and draws attention to the implications of his findings for modern interpreters, addressing not only critics and teachers but also editors, actors and directors.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521311618
(216mm x 138mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 30-Jan-1986
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Recovering Shakespeare's Theatrical Vocabulary, Paperback (November 2006)
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Rescripting Shakespeare, Hardback (June 2002)
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Dictionary of Stage Directions in English Drama 1580-1642, Paperback (March 2001)» View all books by Alan C. Dessen
This Dictionary explains over 900 terms found in the stage directions of plays for the professional stage by Shakespeare and his contemporaries.
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