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Changing Styles In Shakespeare

Author: Ralph Berry
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134566115
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First published in 1981. Each of Shakespeare's plays is in a continuous state of development in performance. This book examines major changes whilst focusing on six plays in detail: Coriolanus, Measure for Measure, Troilus and Cressida, Henry V, Hamlet and Twelfth Night. Changing Styles in Shakespeare looks at representative and key productions to trace the evolution of each play on today's stage, illustrating how production changes relate to a changed perception of the play, and thus to shifts in social attitudes. It singles out the salient features of many productions, paying special attention to reviews and prompt books.

Shakespeare Remains

Author: Courtney Lehmann
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 9780801487675
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No literary figure has proved so elusive as Shakespeare. How, Courtney Lehmann asks, can the controversies surrounding the Bard's authorship be resolved when his works precede the historical birth of that modern concept? And how is it that Shakespeare remains such a powerful presence today, years after poststructuralists hailed the "death of the author"? In her cogent book, Lehmann reexamines these issues through a new lens: film theory.An alternative to literary models that either minimize or exalt the writer's creative role, film theory, in Lehmann's view, perceives authorship as a site of constitutive conflict, generating in the process the notion of the auteur. From this perspective, she offers close readings of Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Hamlet, of film adaptations by Kenneth Branagh, Baz Luhrmann, and Michael Almereyda, and of John Madden's Shakespeare in Love. In their respective historical contexts, these plays and films emerge as allegories of authorship, exploiting such strategies as appropriation, adaptation, projection, and montage. Lehmann explores the significance of this struggle for agency, both in Shakespeare's time and in the present day, in the cultures of early and late capitalism.By projecting film theory from the postmodern to the early modern and back again, Lehmann demonstrates the ways in which Shakespeare emerges as a special effect—indeed, as an auteur—in two cultures wherein authors fear to tread.

Twelfth Night A Critical Reader

Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1472503309
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Twelfth Night is the most mature and fully developed of Shakespeare's comedies and, as well as being one of his most popular plays, represents a crucial moment in the development of his art. Assembled by leading scholars, this guide provides a comprehensive survey of major issues in the contemporary study of the play. Throughout the book chapters explore such issues as the play's critical reception from John Manningham's account of one of its first performances to major current comentators like Stephen Greenblatt; the performance history of the play, from Shakespeare's day to the present and key themes in current scholarship, from issues of gender and sexuality to the study of comedy and song. Twelfth Night: A Critical Guide also includes a complete guide to resources available on the play - including critical editions, online resources and an annotated bibliography - and how they might be used to aid both the teaching and study of Shakespeare's enduring comedy.


Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521728746
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Updated edition of Coriolanus, providing detailed commentary and a substantial introduction, including a section on criticism and performances.

Henry V

Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 110114226X
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The Signet Classics edition of Shakespeare's popular history play. Featuring the rise of King Henry V, this play chronicles England's underdog victory over the French at the Battle of Agincourt during the Hundred Years' War. This revised Signet Classics edition includes unique features such as: • An overview of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater • A special introduction to the play by the editor, John Russell Brown • Selections from Raphael Holinshed's Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland, the source from which Shakespeare derived Henry V • Dramatic criticism from William Hazlitt, W. B. Yeats, E.M.W. Tillyard, and others • A comprehensive stage and screen history of notable actors, directors, and productions • Text, notes, and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable text • And more... From the Paperback edition.

Measure For Measure Troilus And Cressida And All S Well That Ends Well

Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: Bantam Classics
ISBN: 0307422100
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An exciting new edition of the complete works of Shakespeare with these features: Illustrated with photographs from New York Shakespeare Festival productions, vivid readable readable introductions for each play by noted scholar David Bevington, a lively personal foreword by Joseph Papp, an insightful essay on the play in performance, modern spelling and pronunciation, up-to-date annotated bibliographies, and convenient listing of key passages. From the Paperback edition.

Gender And Performance In Shakespeare S Problem Comedies

Author: David Foley McCandless
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Composed at a critical moment in English history, Shakespeare's Òproblem playsÓ dramatize a crisis in the sex-gender system. They register a male dread of emasculation and engulfment, a fear of female authority and sexuality. In these plays males identify desire for a female as dangerous and unmanly, females contend and confound traditional femininity. Male authority, even male ideas of the heroic, suffer in the face of a female's disruptive sexual power. Of course, the main problem with these plays is their deviation from Shakespearean comic precedent: by resisting comic closure, they leave uncontained the subversions of gender that comedies mostly contain. They stage impersonations of man and woman that underscore the theatricality of gender, its status as a cultural construct. By failing to substantiate it, the characters in these plays disclose gender's inadequacy as a marker. David McCandless follows the drama of gender enacted in these plays. His approach weds a theoretically engaged textual analysis to the dynamics of performance. McCandless thinks through these plays as performance, citing or envisioning performance choices to integrate text and performance in a reciprocally enriching interplay, rather than merely to corroborate or ornament a textual argument. He adopts the perspective, not of expert spectator, but of practitioner, bringing directorial modes of inquiry to his analysis. While he frequently draws upon the performance histories of the problem comedies, he more regularly exploits his own experience as a director in dramatizing and theorizing the enactment of gender. His book is a unique and invigorating example of performance criticism that illuminates these difficult, sometimes-overlooked tragicomedies. It is an original and timely contribution to Shakespearean theater scholarship.

Shakespeare And Language

Author: Catherine M. S. Alexander
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521539005
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This book, first published in 2004, features a selection of the best essays from the last forty years on Shakespeare's use of language.

King Henry V

Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521595117
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A thorough account of its performance history including introduction, full text of play and footnotes.

South African Essays On Universal Shakespeare

Author: Dr Chris Thurman
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 1472415787
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South African Essays on ‘Universal’ Shakespeare collects new scholarship and extant (but previously unpublished) material, reflecting the changing nature of Shakespeare studies across various ‘generation gaps’. Each essay, in exploring the nuances of Shakespearean production and reception across time and space, is inflected by a South African connection. In some cases, this is simply because of the author’s nationality or institutional affiliation; in others, there is a direct engagement with what Shakespeare means, or has meant, in South Africa. By investigating the universality of Shakespeare from both implicitly and explicitly ‘southern’ perspectives, the book presents new possibilities for considering (and reassessing) shifting manifestations of Shakespeare’s work in major Shakespearean ‘centres’ such as Britain and the United States, as well as across the global North and South.