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Description - Shakespeare and the Power of Performance by Robert Weimann

Focusing on the practical means and media of Shakespeare's stage, this study envisions horizons for his achievement in the theatre. Bridging the gap between today's page- and stage-centred interpretations, two renowned Shakespeareans demonstrate the artful means by which Shakespeare responded to the competing claims of acting and writing in the Elizabethan era. They examine how the playwright explored issues of performance through the resonant trio of clown, fool and cross-dressed boy actor. Like this trio, his deepest and most captivating characters often attain their power through the highly performative mode of 'personation' - through playing the character as an open secret. Surveying the whole of the playwright's career in the theatre, Shakespeare and the Power of Performance offers not only compelling ways of approaching the relation of performance and print in Shakespeare's works, but also new models for understanding dramatic character itself.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521895323
ISBN-10: 0521895324
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Pages: 278
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 7-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Robert Weimann

Robert Weimann is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Irvine. Douglas Bruster is Professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin.

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