Shakespeare and the Force of Modern Performance

Shakespeare and the Force of Modern Performance

by W. B. Worthen
     
 

ISBN-10: 052100800X

ISBN-13: 9780521008006

Pub. Date: 03/24/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Shakespeare and the Force of Modern Performance asks a central theoretical question in the study of drama: What is the relationship between the dramatic text and the meanings of performance? W.B. Worthen argues that the text cannot govern the force of its performance. Instead, the text becomes significant only as embodied in the changing conventions of its…  See more details below

Overview

Shakespeare and the Force of Modern Performance asks a central theoretical question in the study of drama: What is the relationship between the dramatic text and the meanings of performance? W.B. Worthen argues that the text cannot govern the force of its performance. Instead, the text becomes significant only as embodied in the changing conventions of its performance. Worthen explores this understanding of dramatic performativity by interrogating several contemporary sites of Shakespeare production. The book includes detailed discussions of recent films and stage productions, and sets Shakespeare performance alongside other works of contemporary drama and theatre.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521008006
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/24/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: dramatic performativity and the force of performance; 1. Performing history; 2. Globe performativity; 3. Shakespearean geographies; 4. Cyber-performance.

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