Looking at Shakespeare: A Visual History of Twentieth-Century Performance

Looking at Shakespeare: A Visual History of Twentieth-Century Performance

by Dennis Kennedy




Dennis Kennedy's comprehensive account of the main scenographic movements of the century investigates how visual elements affect Shakespeare on the stage. This second edition ranges through productions in Britain, Europe, Japan and North America and includes a new chapter on Shakespeare performance in the 1990s. There are more than twenty new illustrations, some of them in color, and previous references have been updated.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521346559
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 05/06/1993
Pages: 382
Product dimensions: 7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 1.14(d)

About the Author

Dennis Kennedy's books include The Spectator and the Spectacle: Audiences in Modernity and Postmodernity, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance, Looking at Shakespeare: A Visual History of Twentieth-Century Performance, Foreign Shakespeare, and Granville Barker and the Dream of Theatre. Shakespeare in Asia: Contemporary Performance is due late 2009 (edited with Yong Li Lan). He has twice been a fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities in the USA, twice won the Freedley Award for theatre history, received the Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award at the University of Pittsburgh, the Berkeley Fellowship at Trinity College Dublin, and was elected to the Royal Irish Academy and Academia Europaea. His own plays have been performed in New York, London, and many other places, and he has frequently worked as a dramaturg and director in professional theatres.

Table of Contents

1. Shakespeare and the visual; 2. Victorian pictures; 3. The scenographic revolution; 4. Styles of politics; 5. The stuffed stag and the new look; 6. Reinventing the stage; 7. The Liberation of Europe; 8. New Spaces, new audiences; 9. Imaging Shakespeare; 10. Century's close.

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