Shakespeare in Performance

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Shakespeare in Performance

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The fourteen essays included in this collection offer a range of contributions from both new and well-established scholars to the topic of Shakespeare and performance. From traditional studies of theatrical history and adaptation to explorations of Shakespeare's plays in the circus, musical extravaganzas, the cinema, and drama at large, the collection embraces a number of performance spaces, times, and media. Shakespeare in Performance includes essays looking not only at sixteenth- and seventeenth-century stagings of the plays in England, but at productions of Shakespeare across time in the United States, France, Italy, Hungary, and Africa, underscoring the multiple embodiments and voices of Shakespeare's art and including a variety of cultural approaches. The work is ultimately occupied with a number of questions generated by these continual iterations of Shakespeare. How can we write and trace what is ephemeral? To what purpose do we maintain the memory of past performances? How does the transmediation of Shakespeare inform the most basic interpretive acts? What motivates Shakespearean theatre across political borders? What kinds of meaning are produced by decor, movement, the actor's virtuosity, the producer's choices, or the audience's response? Each essay thus, to some degree, describes and voices the now unseen.

ISBN

978-1443847827

Publication Date

2013

Publisher

Cambridge Scholars Publishing

City

Newcastle upon Tyne

Keywords

William Shakespeare, stage history, British plays

Disciplines

Literature in English, British Isles | Theatre and Performance Studies

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