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

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874135985
  • Publisher: University of Delaware Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Pages: 365
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 11
Prologue 17
1 A Metaphor for the Identity of Tragic Heroes 29
2 The Two Kinds of Hamlet 37
3 The Universal Hamlets 50
4 Hamlet's Subversive Gravedigger 61
5 Hamlet's Spiritual Crisis 68
6 In Defense of Iago 80
7 Shakespeare's Fantastic Trick: Measure for Measure 96
8 Poor Richard III 114
9 Characterizations of King Lear 117
10 Lady Macbeth's Indispensable Child 130
11 The German Lady Macbeth and Two Hamlets 137
12 Visualizing Complex Character 143
13 Experimental Studies of King Lear 150
14 King Lear and His Fool 156
15 The Languages of Drama 167
16 Lear's Theater Poetry 175
17 Sign Theory and Shakespeare 185
18 Shakespeare's Visual Compositions 197
19 Subtext in Shakespeare 200
20 Shakespeare's Tragic World of If 211
21 Substructures in Shakespeare's Language 220
22 Paul Scofield's Macbeth: Macbeth in Rehearsal - A Journal 228
23 The Lear Myth 246
24 The "Refinement" of Othello in the Eighteenth-Century Theater 255
25 Shame on You, David Garrick - or, What the Victorian Theater Did to Shakespeare's Tragedies 271
26 Translations of Erotic Nuances in Hamlet 286
27 Elizabethan Actors: Men or Marionettes? 295
28 A Metaphor for Dramatic Form 311
29 Drama Is Arousal 319
30 The Mind of the Critic 329
Epilogue 341
Notes 344
Index 357
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