Recovering Shakespeare's Theatrical Vocabulary
By (author) Alan C. Dessen
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Recovering Shakespeare's Theatrical Vocabulary by Alan C. Dessen
Book DescriptionIn this rigorous investigation of the staging of Shakespeare's plays, Alan Dessen wrestles with three linked questions: (1) what did a playgoer at the original production actually see? (2) how can we tell today? and (3) so what? His emphasis is upon images and on-stage effects (e.g. the sick-chair, early entrances, tomb scenes) easily obscured or eclipsed today. Basing his analysis on the 600 English professional plays performed before 1642, Dessen identifies a vocabulary of the theatre shared by Shakespeare, his theatrical colleagues and his playgoers, in which stage directions do not admit of neat dictionary definitions but can be glossed in terms of options and potential meanings. To explore such terms, along with various costumes and properties (keys, trees, coffins, books), is to challenge assumptions that underlie how Shakespeare is read, edited and staged today.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521470803
(216mm x 138mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 23-Mar-1995
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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