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Description - The Illustrated Shakespeare, 1709-1875 by Stuart Sillars

Illustrations have been an important element of many of the most extensively read editions of Shakespeare's plays, from the frontispieces to Nicholas Rowe's 1709 edition to the multiple images placed within the text of Victorian editions. Through symbols the illustrations have explored language and character; by allusion to earlier paintings they have offered critical readings; and by gesture, setting and costume they have redesigned the plays within the visual vocabulary of their own times. In all these ways they offer important exchanges with contemporary social, aesthetic and critical concerns, and, despite being largely ignored by scholars, are central to the plays' reception. Highly illustrated, including many images not previously reproduced, the book allows the reader to share the experience of early readers of the plays. Building on the author's earlier work in Painting Shakespeare it offers a fresh address to the tradition of visual criticism and assimilation of Shakespeare's plays.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521878371
ISBN-10: 0521878373
Format: Hardback
(246mm x 189mm x 27mm)
Pages: 416
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 18-Dec-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Stuart Sillars

Stuart Sillars is Professor of English at the University of Bergen, Norway.

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