Stage Clown In Shakespeare's Theatre

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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 ...

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Overview

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)
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BENTE A. VIDEBAEK is an Adjunct Professor of English at Suffolk County Community College.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Minor Roles: Cameo Appearance, Great Effect 5
1 Rustic Clowns in Titus Andronicus, The Taming of the Shrew, Antony and Cleopatra 7
2 Servant Clowns in Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Macbeth, Timon of Athens, The Tempest 13
3 Miscellaneous Clowns in Richard III, Hamlet, Pericles, Cymbeline, The Winter's Tale 23
Pt. II Major Roles: Expanded Function 37
4 Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing 39
5 The Dromios in The Comedy of Errors, Grumio in The Taming of the Shrew, Speed and Launce in The Two Gentlemen of Verona 53
6 Costard in Love's Labour's Lost, Launcelot Gobbo in The Merchant of Venice 63
7 Pompey in Measure for Measure 69
Pt. III The Court Jesters in the Comedies 75
8 Lavatch in All's Well That Ends Well 77
9 Touchstone in As You Like It 85
10 Feste in Twelfth Night 95
Pt. IV The Clowns as "The Bitter Fool" 111
11 Thersites in Troilus and Cressida 113
12 Lear's Fool in King Lear 123
Pt. V Falstaff as Clown 137
13 The Henriad 139
14 The Merry Wives of Windsor 159
Pt. VI Clown Characteristics in Nonclown Characters 169
15 Philip the Bastard in King John 171
16 Hamlet in Hamlet 177
Conclusion 191
Appendix: The Elizabethan Clown 195
Bibliography 201
Index 207
Index of Acts and Scenes 213
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