Looking at Shakespeare: A Visual History of Twentieth-Century Performance / Edition 2

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Dennis Kennedy's comprehensive account of the main scenographic movements of the century investigates how visual elements affect Shakespeare on the stage. This second edition ranges through productions in Britain, Europe, Japan and North America and includes a new chapter on Shakespeare performance in the 1990s. There are more than twenty new illustrations, some of them in color, and previous references have been updated.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521785488
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 434
  • Product dimensions: 7.48 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Dennis Kennedy's books include The Spectator and the Spectacle: Audiences in Modernity and Postmodernity, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance, Looking at Shakespeare: A Visual History of Twentieth-Century Performance, Foreign Shakespeare, and Granville Barker and the Dream of Theatre. Shakespeare in Asia: Contemporary Performance is due late 2009 (edited with Yong Li Lan). He has twice been a fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities in the USA, twice won the Freedley Award for theatre history, received the Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award at the University of Pittsburgh, the Berkeley Fellowship at Trinity College Dublin, and was elected to the Royal Irish Academy and Academia Europaea. His own plays have been performed in New York, London, and many other places, and he has frequently worked as a dramaturg and director in professional theatres.

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Table of Contents

List of color plates
List of illustrations
1 Shakespeare and the visual 1
Visual criticism 4
Scenography and performance 12
Visual records of performance 16
2 Victorian pictures 25
Pictorialism 26
Elizabethanism 34
3 The scenographic revolution 43
Craig and the New Stagecraft 44
Reinhardt and his designers 57
Post-Impressionism: Granville Barker and Wilkinson 68
4 Styles of politics 80
Expressionism: Jessner and Pirchan 83
Constructivism and the unit set 93
Synthesis in central Europe 96
Birmingham and Cambridge 109
5 The stuffed stag and the new look 120
Bridges-Adams and Komisarjevsky 123
Motley 133
R. E. Jones and Orson Welles 140
6 Reinventing the stage 152
Guthrie and Moiseiwitsch 153
The other Stratford 157
Peter Brook and the image 164
John Bury and Peter Hall 175
Brook's dream, Jacobs' box 182
7 The liberation of Europe 188
Socialist reconciliation and discord 189
The director's lens 195
Brechtian scenography in Berlin 202
Brechtians abroad 211
Josef Svoboda 220
8 New spaces, new audiences 227
American festivities 227
Ritual at the RSC 238
Chamber Shakespeare 250
Well, this is the forest of Arden 257
9 Imaging Shakespeare 266
Trousers down: Zadek and travesty 267
Intercultural Shakespeare 279
Neo-pictorialism 288
The magic of vision 302
10 Century's close 312
Ninagawa 313
Empires and colonies 324
Buying British 334
Shakespeare at the end of time 344
Table of productions 358
Notes 366
Selected references 389
Index 394
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