The Adventures of a Shakespeare Scholar: To Discover Shakespeare's Art

The Adventures of a Shakespeare Scholar: To Discover Shakespeare's Art

by Marvin Rosenberg
     
 

ISBN-10: 0874135982

ISBN-13: 9780874135985

Pub. Date: 01/28/1997

Publisher: University of Delaware Press

Rarely does a scholar single-handedly point Shakespeare study in a new direction. But in the 1950s, when brilliant insights were being achieved in Shakespeare's language, and a few theatre historians were recording stagings and stage business, Marvin Rosenberg led the way to a wider perspective of the poet-playwright's genius. He insisted that Shakespeare's art fused…  See more details below

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Rarely does a scholar single-handedly point Shakespeare study in a new direction. But in the 1950s, when brilliant insights were being achieved in Shakespeare's language, and a few theatre historians were recording stagings and stage business, Marvin Rosenberg led the way to a wider perspective of the poet-playwright's genius. He insisted that Shakespeare's art fused poetry-of-the-word with poetry-of-the-theatre, each illuminating the other inseparably. The essays in this collection reflect the remarkable diversity of Rosenberg's pursuit of his vision; his theoretical grounding in the aesthetics of the dramatic form; his absorption of the cultural contexts in which Shakespeare's plays were created and perceived; his immersion in the language and characters of the plays, and in how critics and theatres of the world interpreted them.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874135985
Publisher:
University of Delaware Press
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Product dimensions:
6.48(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.03(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword11
Prologue17
1A Metaphor for the Identity of Tragic Heroes29
2The Two Kinds of Hamlet37
3The Universal Hamlets50
4Hamlet's Subversive Gravedigger61
5Hamlet's Spiritual Crisis68
6In Defense of Iago80
7Shakespeare's Fantastic Trick: Measure for Measure96
8Poor Richard III114
9Characterizations of King Lear117
10Lady Macbeth's Indispensable Child130
11The German Lady Macbeth and Two Hamlets137
12Visualizing Complex Character143
13Experimental Studies of King Lear150
14King Lear and His Fool156
15The Languages of Drama167
16Lear's Theater Poetry175
17Sign Theory and Shakespeare185
18Shakespeare's Visual Compositions197
19Subtext in Shakespeare200
20Shakespeare's Tragic World of If211
21Substructures in Shakespeare's Language220
22Paul Scofield's Macbeth: Macbeth in Rehearsal - A Journal228
23The Lear Myth246
24The "Refinement" of Othello in the Eighteenth-Century Theater255
25Shame on You, David Garrick - or, What the Victorian Theater Did to Shakespeare's Tragedies271
26Translations of Erotic Nuances in Hamlet286
27Elizabethan Actors: Men or Marionettes?295
28A Metaphor for Dramatic Form311
29Drama Is Arousal319
30The Mind of the Critic329
Epilogue341
Notes344
Index357

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