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Stage Clown In Shakespeare's Theatre
     

Stage Clown In Shakespeare's Theatre

by Bente A. Videbaek
 

The majority of Shakespeare's plays have at least one clown figure making an appearance. These characters range from rogues who say only a line or two, to important figures like Touchstone and Falstaff. Videbaek examines even the smallest clown roles, showing how the clown's freedom of speech allows him to become a mediator between the audience and the action of

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The majority of Shakespeare's plays have at least one clown figure making an appearance. These characters range from rogues who say only a line or two, to important figures like Touchstone and Falstaff. Videbaek examines even the smallest clown roles, showing how the clown's freedom of speech allows him to become a mediator between the audience and the action of the play, helping audience interpretation. This illuminating celebration of the stage clown's contribution to the understanding and enjoyment of Shakespeare's plays will be a valuable resource for both students and scholars alike.

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Shakespeare wrote a surprisingly large number of plays in which the clown plays a major contribution to the understanding of the play. Videbaek (English, Suffolk County Community College) examines the roles that clowns and clown-like figures play in specific plays, including lightening or deepening the atmosphere, signaling a turning point, mediating between the audience and the actors, and undermining or supporting the protagonists. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313298721
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/30/1996
Series:
Contributions in Drama and Theatre Studies Series , #69
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)
Lexile:
1250L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

BENTE A. VIDEBAEK is an Adjunct Professor of English at Suffolk County Community College. Born in Denmark, she holds degrees in English and Danish/Scandinavian from the University of Copenhagen. After moving to the United States, she obtained a doctoral degree in English literature from Northwestern University.

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