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All the World's a Stage A Guide to Shakespearean Sites

All the World's a Stage A Guide to Shakespearean Sites

Author: Joseph Rosenblum Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/12/2019

William Shakespeare wrote during a great age of exploration, of not only England but around the globe. The locales featured in the playwright's works are crucial to the drama that unfolds in each of his plays. Though England figures in many of his works, his vision encompassed countries all over Europe-from Shylock's house in The Merchant of Venice to Kronberg castle in Hamlet. In All the World's a Stage: A Guide to Shakespearean Sites, Joseph Rosenblum identifies and describes all of the settings featured in the bard's plays-from modest dwellings noted in a brief scene to the wide array of castles depicted in many of his histories and tragedies. Locations that figure significantly in Shakespeare's plays include Austria in Measure for Measure, Cypress in Othello, Illyria in Twelfth Night, Egypt in Antony and Cleopatra, and Flroence in All's Well That End's Well, among others. Historic buildings are also scrutinized, from the Tower of London in several plays to Notre Dame in Henry VI and the Forum in Julius Caesar. In addition to plot summaries, the author analyzes the choice of locations, delineating the historically prominent settings of Shakespeare's epic dramas, such as the glorified Rome and the sensual Egypt that Marc Antony is torn between in his pursuit of Cleopatra. Rosenblum also discusses how some of Shakespeare's settings were either altered or invented for dramatic purposes, such as the imagined sea coast of Bohemia in A Winter's Tale and Prospero's island in The Tempest. Though focused on plays, this volume also discusses locations associated with Shakespeare that do not appear in his works. In addition to descriptions of very real settings throughout Great Britain, the author notes underground stops in London ideal for tourist exploration. Indeed, anyone interested in a Shakespearean tour of England will find material here for designing such a trip. Meticulously researched and featuring an appendix of works by location, All the World's a Stage: A Guide to Shakespearean Sites is an invaluable resource for scholars, students, and fans of England's greatest playwright.

Shakespeare in the Theatre: Peter Sellars

Shakespeare in the Theatre: Peter Sellars

Author: Ayanna (The George Washington University,USA) Thompson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/2019

The first in-depth look at Peter Sellars, the avant-garde director whose Shakespeare productions have polarized communities and critics. Through extensive interviews and archival work, leading Shakespearean Ayanna Thompson takes readers on a journey through experimental theatre and the tensions that arise between innovation and accessibility. An iconoclastic figure who inspires strong reactions both personally and professionally, Peter Sellars continues to amaze and confound. This book takes readers inside his world for the first time.

Shakespeare and Protestant Poetics

Shakespeare and Protestant Poetics

Author: Jason Gleckman Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/11/2019

This book explores the impact of the sixteenth-century Reformation on the plays of William Shakespeare. Taking three fundamental Protestant concerns of the era - (double) predestination, conversion, and free will - it demonstrates how Protestant theologians, in England and elsewhere, re-imagined these longstanding Christian concepts from a specifically Protestant perspective. Shakespeare utilizes these insights to generate his distinctive view of human nature and the relationship between humans and God. Through in-depth readings of the Shakespeare comedies `The Merry Wives of Windsor', `Much Ado About Nothing', `A Midsummer Night's Dream', and `Twelfth Night', the romance `A Winter's Tale', and the tragedies of `Macbeth' and `Hamlet', this book examines the results of almost a century of Protestant thought upon literary art.

Shakespeare's Body Language Shaming Gestures and Gender Politics on the Renaissance Stage

Shakespeare's Body Language Shaming Gestures and Gender Politics on the Renaissance Stage

Author: Miranda Fay (Independent scholar, UK) Thomas Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/11/2019

Why do the Capulets bite their thumbs at the Montagues? Why do the Venetians spit upon Shylock's Jewish gaberdine? What is it about Volumnia's act of kneeling that convinces Coriolanus not to assault the city of Rome? Shakespeare's Body Language is a ground-breaking new study of Shakespearean drama, revealing the previously unseen history of social tensions found within the performance of gestures - and how such gestures are used to shame those within the body politic of early modern England. The first full study of shaming gestures in Shakespearean drama, this book establishes how shame is often rooted in the gendered expectations of the Renaissance era. Exploring how the performance of gestures such as figging, the cuckold's horns, and even the in-action of stillness created shaming spectacles on the early modern stage and its wider society, Shakespeare's Body Language argues that gestures are embodied social metaphors which epitomise the personal as political. It reveals the tensions of everyday life as key motivators behind the actions of Shakespeare's characters, and considers how honour and its opposite, shame, are constructed in terms of gender norms. Featuring in-depth analyses of plays across Shakespeare's career, this book explores how the playwright's understanding of shame and humiliation is rooted in performance anxiety and gender politics, explaining how theatrical gestures can create dramatic tension in a way that words alone cannot. It offers both rich insights into the early modern context of Shakespeare's drama and confirms the startling relevance of his work to modern audiences.

Rethinking Theatrical Documents in Shakespeare's England

Rethinking Theatrical Documents in Shakespeare's England

Author: Tiffany (The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, UK) Stern Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/11/2019

Rethinking Theatrical Documents brings together fifteen major scholars to analyse and theorise the documents, lost and found, that produced a play in Shakespeare's England. Showing how the playhouse frantically generated paratexts, it explores a rich variety of entangled documents, some known and some unknown: from before the play (drafts, casting lists, actors' parts); during the play (prologues, epilogues, title-boards); and after the play (playbooks, commonplace snippets, ballads) - though `before', `during' and `after' intertwine in fascinating ways. By using collective intervention to rethink both theatre history and book history, it provides new ways of understanding plays critically, interpretatively, editorially, practically and textually.

Reading Shakespeare in the Movies Non-Adaptations and Their Meaning

Reading Shakespeare in the Movies Non-Adaptations and Their Meaning

Author: Eric S. Mallin Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/11/2019

Reading Shakespeare in the Movies: Non-Adaptations and Their Meaning analyzes the unacknowledged, covert presence of Shakespearean themes, structures, characters, and symbolism in selected films. Writers and directors who forge an unconscious, unintentional connection to Shakespeare's work create non-adaptations, cinema that is unexpectedly similar to certain Shakespeare plays while remaining independent as art. These films can illuminate core semantic issues in those plays in ways that direct adaptations cannot. Eric S. Mallin explores how Shakespeare illuminates these movies, analyzing the ways that The Godfather, Memento, Titanic, Birdman, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre take on new life in dialogue with the famous playwright. In addition to challenging our ideas about adaptation, Mallin works to inspire new awareness of the meanings of Shakespearean stories in the contemporary world.

Shakespeare and the Folktale An Anthology of Stories

Shakespeare and the Folktale An Anthology of Stories

Author: Charlotte Artese Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/11/2019

An international collection of the traditional tales that inspired some of Shakespeare's greatest plays Shakespeare knew a good story when he heard one, and he wasn't afraid to borrow from what he heard or read, especially traditional folktales. The Merchant of Venice, for example, draws from A Pound of Flesh, while King Lear begins in the same way as Love Like Salt, with a king asking his three daughters how much they love him, then banishing the youngest when her cryptic reply displeases him. This unique anthology presents more than forty versions of folktales related to eight Shakespeare plays: The Taming of the Shrew, The Comedy of Errors, Titus Andronicus, The Merchant of Venice, All's Well That Ends Well, King Lear, Cymbeline, and The Tempest. These fascinating and diverse tales come from Europe, the Middle East, India, the Caribbean, and South America, and include stories by Gerald of Wales, Marie-Catherine d'Aulnoy, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, Giambattista Basile, J. M. Synge, Zora Neale Hurston, Italo Calvino, and many more. Organized by play, each chapter includes a brief introduction discussing the intriguing connections between the play and the gathered folktales. Shakespeare and the Folktale can be read for the pure pleasure these lively tales give as much as for the insight into Shakespeare's plays they provide.

Shakespeare and the Folktale An Anthology of Stories

Shakespeare and the Folktale An Anthology of Stories

Author: Charlotte Artese Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/11/2019

An international collection of the traditional tales that inspired some of Shakespeare's greatest plays Shakespeare knew a good story when he heard one, and he wasn't afraid to borrow from what he heard or read, especially traditional folktales. The Merchant of Venice, for example, draws from A Pound of Flesh, while King Lear begins in the same way as Love Like Salt, with a king asking his three daughters how much they love him, then banishing the youngest when her cryptic reply displeases him. This unique anthology presents more than forty versions of folktales related to eight Shakespeare plays: The Taming of the Shrew, The Comedy of Errors, Titus Andronicus, The Merchant of Venice, All's Well That Ends Well, King Lear, Cymbeline, and The Tempest. These fascinating and diverse tales come from Europe, the Middle East, India, the Caribbean, and South America, and include stories by Gerald of Wales, Marie-Catherine d'Aulnoy, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, Giambattista Basile, J. M. Synge, Zora Neale Hurston, Italo Calvino, and many more. Organized by play, each chapter includes a brief introduction discussing the intriguing connections between the play and the gathered folktales. Shakespeare and the Folktale can be read for the pure pleasure these lively tales give as much as for the insight into Shakespeare's plays they provide.

Lectures on Shakespeare

Lectures on Shakespeare

Author: W. H. Auden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2019

From one of the great modern writers, the acclaimed lectures in which he draws on a lifetime of experience to take the measure of Shakespeare's plays and sonnets W. H. Auden, poet and critic, will conduct a course on Shakespeare at the New School for Social Research beginning Wednesday. Mr. Auden . . . proposes to read all Shakespeare's plays in chronological order. So the New York Times reported on September 27, 1946, giving notice of a rare opportunity to hear one of the century's great poets discuss at length one of the greatest writers of all time. Reconstructed by Arthur Kirsch, these lectures offer remarkable insights into Shakespeare's plays and sonnets while also adding immeasurably to our understanding of Auden.

Shakespeare in the Theatre: Patrice Chereau

Shakespeare in the Theatre: Patrice Chereau

Author: Dominique (University of Picardie, France) Goy-Blanquet Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2019

Patrice Chereau (1944 - 2013) was one of France's leading directors in the theatre and on film and a major influence on Shakespearean performance. He is internationally known for memorable productions of both drama and opera. His life-long companionship with Shakespeare began in 1970 when his innovative Richard II made the young director famous overnight and caused his translator to denounce him publicly as an iconoclast, for a production mixing music-hall, circus, and pankration . After this break, Chereau read Shakespeare's texts assiduously, line by line and word by word , with another renowned poet, Yves Bonnefoy. Drawing on new interviews with many of Chereau's collaborators, this study explores a unique theatre maker's interpretations of Shakespeare in relation to the European tradition and to his wider body of work on stage and film, to establish his profound influence on other producers of Shakespeare.

Teaching Social Justice Through Shakespeare Why Renaissance Literature Matters Now

Teaching Social Justice Through Shakespeare Why Renaissance Literature Matters Now

Author: Hillary Eklund Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/10/2019

This book is for teachers who want to heighten the intellectual impact of their courses by using their classrooms as a creative space for social formation and action. Its twenty-one chapters provide diverse perspectives on Shakespeare and early modern literature that engage innovation, collaboration, and forward-looking practices. They model ways of mobilizing justice with early modern texts and claim the intellectual benefits of integrating justice into courses. The book reconceives the relationship between students and Renaissance literature in ways that enable them - and us - to move from classroom discussions to real-life applications.

Shakespeare Studies, Volume XLVII

Shakespeare Studies, Volume XLVII

Author: James R. Siemon Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/10/2019

Shakespeare Studies is an annual volume containing essays and studies by critics and cultural historians from around the world. This issue includes a forum on Shakespeare for Specialised Performers and Audiences. Also includes are essays by contributors to the Shakespeare Associated on America's 2018 'Net Generation Plenary', four additional articles, a review article, and substantial critiques of ten important new books.