Shakespeare and Feminist Performance: Ideology on Stage

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How do performances of Shakespeare change the meanings of the plays?
In this controversial new book, Sarah Werner argues that the text of a Shakespeare play is only one of the many factors that give a performance its meaning. By focusing on The Royal Shakespeare Company, Werner demonstrates how actor training, company management and gender politics fundamentally affect both ...

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Overview

How do performances of Shakespeare change the meanings of the plays?
In this controversial new book, Sarah Werner argues that the text of a Shakespeare play is only one of the many factors that give a performance its meaning. By focusing on The Royal Shakespeare Company, Werner demonstrates how actor training, company management and gender politics fundamentally affect both how a production is created and the interpretations it can suggest.
Werner concentrates particularly on:
The influential training methods of Cicely Berry and Patsy Rodenburg
The history of the RSC Women's Group
Gale Edwards' production of The Taming of the Shrew
She reveals that no performance of Shakespeare is able to bring the plays to life or to realise the playwright's intentions without shaping them to mirror our own assumptions.
By examining the ideological implications of performance practices, this book will help all interested in Shakespeare's plays to explore what it means to study them in performance.

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Editorial Reviews

Arthur F. Kinney
I have personally purchased and studied every one of the new Accents on Shakespeare volumes in the new series edited by Terence Hawkes and repeatedly turn to them as resources for my own research and teaching. My students - graduate and undergraduate alike - find them invaluable, as I do. They are remarkably comprehensive, timely, and informative, and essential way to keep current with the fundamental ideas in Shakespearean criticism.
Kiernan Ryan
Accents on Shakespeare is shaping up as everything a streetwise series of books on the Bard should be: engaged, imaginative, heretical and occasionally outrageous. No one who aims to have their finger on the pulse of Shakespeare studies can afford to ignore it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415227308
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Series: Accents on Shakespeare Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

General editor's preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Local habitations 1
1 The ideologies of acting and the performance of women 21
2 Punching Daddy, or the politics of company politics 50
3 The Taming of the Shrew: A case study in performance criticism 69
Epilogue: The language of theatre 96
Notes 105
Bibliography 117
Index 127
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