Shakespeare's Visual Theatre: Staging the Personified Characters

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Frederick Kiefer looks at the personified characters created by Shakespeare in his plays (his walking, talking abstractions) in this study of Shakespeare's visual culture. These include Rumour in 2 Henry IV, Time in The Winter's Tale, Spring and Winter in Love's Labour's Lost, Revenge in Titus Andronicus, and the deities in the late plays. Kiefer reconstructs their appearances; explains the symbolism of their costumes and props; and assesses their significance for the plays in which they appear.
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"Kiefer's beautifully and illustrated [book] is fascinating empirical study of Shakespeare's characters who appeared on stage, not to represent actual persons, but rather to represent abstract qualities or ideas.[...] One of the book's considerable strengths is its range of reference to non-Shakespearean texts of the period." Studies in English Literature

"...the visual parameters are set forth with laudable clarity and comprehensiveness. Kiefer's work, which concludes with an exemplary thirty-five page select bibliography, is a welcome addition to Shakespeare studies. - "
Modern Philology, Clifford Davidson

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521827256
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Pages: 372
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Frederick Kiefer is Professor of English at the University of Arizona, Tucson. He is the author of Fortune and Elizabethan Tragedy (1983) and Writing on the Renaissance Stage: Written Words, Printed Pages, Metaphoric Books (1996).
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Introduction; List of illustrations; 1. Spring and winter in Love's Labour's Lost; 2. Revenge, murder, and rape in Titus Andronicus; 3. Rumour in 2 Henry IV; 4. Hecate and the witches in Macbeth; 5. The five senses in Timon of Athens; 6. Time and the deities in the late plays; Conclusion; Select bibliography.
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