Shakespeare and the Visual Imagination

Shakespeare and the Visual Imagination

by Stuart Sillars


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Shakespeare and the Visual Imagination by Stuart Sillars

Shakespeare's knowledge of the practices of visual art, its fundamental concepts and the surrounding debates is clear from his earliest works. This book explores this relationship, showing how key works develop visual compositions as elements of dramatic movement, construction of ideas, and reflections on the artifice of theatre and language. The Taming of the Shrew, Love's Labour's Lost, Richard II and A Midsummer Night's Dream are explored in detail, offering new insights into their forms, themes, and place in European traditions. The use of emblems is examined in Titus Andronicus and As You Like It; studies of Venus and Adonis, some sonnets and The Rape of Lucrece reveal different but related visual aspects; a later chapter suggests how the new relation between seeing and soliloquy in The Rape of Lucrece is developed in other plays. Extensively illustrated, the book explores Shakespeare's assimilation and exploration of visual traditions in structure, theme and idea throughout the canon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107029958
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 08/06/2015
Pages: 333
Product dimensions: 7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

Stuart Sillars is Professor of English at the University of Bergen, Norway. His publications include Shakespeare and The Victorians (2013), Shakespeare, Time and the Victorians (Cambridge, 2012), The Illustrated Shakespeare, 1709�875 (Cambridge, 2008) and Painting Shakespeare: The Artist as Critic, 1720�820 (Cambridge, 2006).

Table of Contents

1. Likeness, device, composition: Shakespeare's visual surroundings; 2. Allusion and idea in The Taming of the Shrew; 3. Visual exchange in the Poems; 4. Love's Labour's Lost and visual composition; 5. Richard II and the politics of perspective; 6. Visual identities in A Midsummer Night's Dream; 7. Emblem, tradition and invention; 8. Imagination beyond image: ethopoeia and metatheatre; 9. Defining the visual in Shakespeare; Notes; Select bibliography; Index.

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