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Recovering Shakespeare's Theatrical Vocabulary
     

Recovering Shakespeare's Theatrical Vocabulary

by Alan C. Dessen
 

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Alan Dessen draws upon stage directions from hundreds of plays (from 1425 to 1642) to investigate what a playgoer may actually have seen when watching the original productions of Hamlet or Macbeth. He argues for the presence of a shared vocabulary among playwrights, players and playgoers geared to a sense of theatre which is easily obscured or eclipsed today. Chapters

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Alan Dessen draws upon stage directions from hundreds of plays (from 1425 to 1642) to investigate what a playgoer may actually have seen when watching the original productions of Hamlet or Macbeth. He argues for the presence of a shared vocabulary among playwrights, players and playgoers geared to a sense of theatre which is easily obscured or eclipsed today. Chapters are devoted to such things as early entrances, the sick chair, vanish effects, tomb scenes, and to the staging of places such as a forest, a shop, a study or a house.

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"Editors and directors (especially those about to re-create the conditions of Shakespeare's plays at the New Globe on Bankside) will ignore this book at their peril." SEL

"More valuable than definitive conclusions is the range of staging possibilities he offers for readers and directors of Shakespeare, for he thus opens up new ways to think about stage action and provides sound reasons to think in those ways." Grace Tiffany, Comparative Drama

"Certainly his book [Dessen] is a major resource for correcting the astigmatism, myopia, and presbyopia that are bound to afflict texts thata re four hundred or so years old." David Bevington, Modern Philology

"Recovering Shakespeare's Theatrical Vocabulary is a very strong book...." Philip C. McGuire, Shakespeare Quarterly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521032414
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2006
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.67(d)

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