Elizabethan Stage Conventions and Modern Interpreters

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Mai 2004



Alan Dessen reconstructs the stage in the Elizabethan era from scrutinising four hundred manuscripts.


Preface; Note on texts and old spelling; 1. The arrow in Nessus: Elizabethan clues and modern detectives; 2. Interpreting stage directions; 3. The logic of 'this' on the open stage; 4. Elizabethan darkness and modern lighting; 5. The logic of 'place' and locale; 6. The logic of stage violence; 7. Theatrical metaphor: seeing and not-seeing; 8. Conclusion: Elizabethan playscripts and modern interpreters; Notes; List of plays and editions; Index.


'The work makes a useful contribution to both theatre history and dramatic criticism ... Dessen's kind of analysis offers an escape from the straitjacket of character criticism in particular for it will encourage the study of scenic form and thereby make students aware of all that is not 'personality'.' The Times Higher Education Supplement ' ... presented with vigorous clarity, his experience of modern productions demonstrates his concern with the continuing stage life of the plays he discusses.' The Times Literary Supplement
EAN: 9780521311618
ISBN: 0521311616
Untertitel: Revised. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 2004
Seitenanzahl: 204 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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