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Early modern theatre and the figure of disability

Author: Genevieve Love
Publisher: London, UK ; New York, NY, USA : The Arden Shakespeare, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2019. ©2019
Series: Arden studies in early modern drama.
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"What work did physically disabled characters do for the early modern theatre? Through a consideration of a range of plays, including Doctor Faustus and Richard III, Genevieve Love argues that the figure of the physically disabled prosthetic body in early modern English theatre mediates a set of related 'likeness problems' that structure the theatrical, textual, and critical lives of the plays of Shakespeare and his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Elecctronic books
Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
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Love, Genevieve, author.
Early modern theatre and the figure of disability
London ; New York : The Arden Shakespeare/Bloomsbury Academic, 2018
(DLC) 2018041883
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Genevieve Love
ISBN: 9781350017214 1350017213 9781350017221 1350017221
OCLC Number: 1055838696
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 212 pages).
Contents: Introduction: disability and/as theatricality --
The work of standing and of standing-for: disability, movement, theatrical personation in The fair maid of the exchange --
The sound of prosthetic movement: transnational and temporal analogy in A larum for London --
"Faustus has his legge again": truncation and prosthesis, theatricality and bibliography in Doctor Faustus --
Richard's "giddy footing": degree of difference and cyclical movement in Shakespeare's Richard III.
Series Title: Arden studies in early modern drama.
Other Titles: Early modern theater and the figure of disability
Responsibility: Genevieve Love.

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"What work did physically disabled characters do for the early modern theatre? Through a consideration of a range of plays, including Doctor Faustus and Richard III, Genevieve Love argues that the figure of the physically disabled prosthetic body in early modern English theatre mediates a set of related 'likeness problems' that structure the theatrical, textual, and critical lives of the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. The figure of disability stands for the relationship between actor and character: prosthetic disabled characters with names such as Cripple and Stump capture the simultaneous presence of the fictional and the material, embodied world of the theatre. When the figure of the disabled body exits the stage, it also mediates a second problem of likeness, between plays in their performed and textual forms. While supposedly imperfect textual versions of plays have been characterized as 'lame', the dynamic movement of prosthetic disabled characters in the theatre expands the figural role which disability performs in the relationship between plays on the stage and on the page. Early Modern Theatre and the Figure of Disability reveals how attention to physical disability enriches our understanding of early modern ideas about how theatre works, while illuminating in turn how theatre offers a reframing of disability as metaphor"--

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