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The book is aimed at Shakespeare as a playwright - or, more exactly, a playmaker - of his time. It considers only the earliest texts of the plays, only the resources available when they were written, and only what can be seen in the plays in conjunctions with the evidences from the days of Shakespeare's career.
It is especially concerned with what can be said about Shakespeare's intentions as he shaped his plays. There are, the book maintains, important but still inadequately appreciated dramatic designs built into the plays, and there are clever strategies that have gone unnoticed but may yet be discerned by the careful application of dramaturgical analysis.
The Shakespeare studied in this book is Shakespeare the playmaker, engaged in every step of the process from the first draft of the text to the performance before a live audience. This, the author contends, is the Shakespeare that is most essential, the Shakespeare who should be known as the foundation underlying any other treatment of the plays, and the Shakespeare most exciting and rewarding to pursue.
|1||A Test Case||17|
|2||The Foundational Texts||27|
|3||Divisions, Locations, and Accidentals||43|
|4||Speech Headings and Stage Directions||69|
|5||Shakespeare's Stages as Limit and Opportunity||100|
|6||Actors, Styles, and Playing Conditions||150|
|7||Creating and Deploying a Shakespearean Cast||181|
|10||Sound and Music||297|
|11||The Arts and Crafts of Language||324|