Sudden Shakespeare: The Shaping of Shakespeare's Creative Thought

Overview

'His mind and hand went together' said Hemings and Condell of the speed of Shakespeare. But the conceptual language of literary criticism, be it moralistic or political, has long been too slow to properly respond to Shakespeare's meaning. With the help of both Renaissance philosophers and present-day actors, Sudden Shakespeare seeks to locate the underlying secrets of Shakespeare's dynamic power. It offers a technical language which, close to Shakespeare's own, is capable of responding suddenly to the speed, transforming shape, and power of
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Overview

'His mind and hand went together' said Hemings and Condell of the speed of Shakespeare. But the conceptual language of literary criticism, be it moralistic or political, has long been too slow to properly respond to Shakespeare's meaning. With the help of both Renaissance philosophers and present-day actors, Sudden Shakespeare seeks to locate the underlying secrets of Shakespeare's dynamic power. It offers a technical language which, close to Shakespeare's own, is capable of responding suddenly to the speed, transforming shape, and power of Shakespeare's way of thinking as it comes into meaning.
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Editorial Reviews

English Studies
A provocative, exciting, untidy, often brilliant work.
Booknews
Draws on the perspectives of both Renaissance philosophers and present-day actors to reveal the underlying secrets of Shakespeare's dynamic power, with chapters on dramatic space and personal place in Shakespeare, Montaigne and Shakespeare, the histories and late plays, and theater time and the reality of performance. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312158439
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/8/1996
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 5.77 (w) x 8.84 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Table of Contents

Note on Texts and Editions
Introduction 1
1 'I Could Be Bounded in a Nutshell': Dramatic Space and Personal Place in Shakespeare 5
2 'Compounded of Many Simples': Shakespeare's Compositions 45
3 'And What's Her History?': Shakespeare's Histories and Late Plays 115
4 The Living Thing: Time, Place and Thought in Performance 187
Notes 239
Select Bibliography 255
Index 257
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