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Elizabethan stage conventions and modern interpreters

Author: Alan C Dessen
Publisher: Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1984.
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"Alan Dessen samples about four hundred play texts from the age of Shakespeare in order to recover the conventions of staging they reveal. in studying the stage settings, movements and emblems implicit in recurrent phrases and stage directions, he concludes that the Elizabethan audience, much less concerned with realism than many later generations have been, were used to receiving a kind of theatrical shorthand  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alan C Dessen
ISBN: 0521259126 9780521259125 0521311616 9780521311618
OCLC Number: 10146010
Description: xi, 190 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: 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.
Responsibility: Alan C. Dessen.
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