How To Do Things With Shakespeare

This collection of 12 essays uses the works of Shakespeare to show how experts in their field formulate critical positions.

Author: Laurie Maguire

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470693308

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

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This collection of 12 essays uses the works of Shakespeare to show how experts in their field formulate critical positions. A helpful guidebook for anyone trying to think of a new approach to Shakespeare Twelve experts take new critical positions in their field of study using the writings and analysis of Shakespeare, to show how writers (students and academics) find topics and develop their ideas Features autobiographical prefaces that explain how the experts chose their topics and why the editor commissioned these particular essays, topics, and authors Argues that literary research is a reaction to experiences, thoughts or feelings Essays are arranged in small dialogues of two or three, forming a debate Teaches students to respond individually to cultural positions

The Routledge Research Companion to Shakespeare and Classical Literature

More specifically: teaching addresses, or can address, both the ancient “classics” and the normative ... Ch. 11 in How to Do Things with Shakespeare, ed.

Author: Sean Keilen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317041672

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 334

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In this wide-ranging and ambitiously conceived Research Companion, contributors explore Shakespeare’s relationship to the classic in two broad senses. The essays analyze Shakespeare’s specific debts to classical works and weigh his classicism’s likeness and unlikeness to that of others in his time; they also evaluate the effects of that classical influence to assess the extent to which it is connected with whatever qualities still make Shakespeare, himself, a classic (arguably the classic) of modern world literature and drama. The first sense of the classic which the volume addresses is the classical culture of Latin and Greek reading, translation, and imitation. Education in the canon of pagan classics bound Shakespeare together with other writers in what was the dominant tradition of English and European poetry and drama, up through the nineteenth and even well into the twentieth century. Second—and no less central—is the idea of classics as such, that of books whose perceived value, exceeding that of most in their era, justifies their protection against historical and cultural change. The volume’s organizing insight is that as Shakespeare was made a classic in this second, antiquarian sense, his work’s reception has more and more come to resemble that of classics in the first sense—of ancient texts subject to labored critical study by masses of professional interpreters who are needed to mediate their meaning, simply because of the texts’ growing remoteness from ordinary life, language, and consciousness. The volume presents overviews and argumentative essays about the presence of Latin and Greek literature in Shakespeare’s writing. They coexist in the volume with thought pieces on the uses of the classical as a historical and pedagogical category, and with practical essays on the place of ancient classics in today’s Shakespearean classrooms.

Shakespeare in Parts

Howard, Jean E., Shakespeare's Art of Orchestration: Stage Technique and Audience Response ... How To Do Things with Shakespeare (Oxford: Blackwell, 2007).

Author: Simon Palfrey

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199272051

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 545

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Shakespeare's drama originally circulated in the form of the individual actor's part, containing only a single character's speeches and brief cues. This unique collaboration of original theatre history with exciting literary criticism captures anew Shakespeare's development as a writer, showing how scripting and acting work together to produce characters of unprecedented immediacy.

Shakespeare s Early Readers

In a copy of Rowe's 1714 edition of Shakespeare's works, other material ... Text in Shakespeare's Playhouse', in How to Do Things with Shakespeare: New ...

Author: Jean-Christophe Mayer

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108651165

Category: Literary Criticism


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Who were Shakespeare's first readers and what did they think of his works? Offering the first dedicated account of the ways in which Shakespeare's texts were read in the centuries during which they were originally produced, Jean-Christophe Mayer reconsiders the role of readers in the history of Shakespeare's rise to fame and in the history of canon formation. Addressing an essential formative 'moment' when Shakespeare became a literary dramatist, this book explores six crucial fields: literacy; reading and life-writing; editing Shakespeare's text; marking Shakespeare for the theatre; commonplacing; and passing judgement. Through close examination of rare material, some of which has never been published before, and covering both the marks left by readers in their books and early manuscript extracts of Shakespeare, Mayer demonstrates how the worlds of print and performance overlapped at a time when Shakespeare offered a communal text, the ownership of which was essentially undecided.

Selling Shakespeare

Stern, Tiffany, “Watching as Reading: The Audience and Written Text in Shakespeare's Playhouse,” in Laurie Maguire, ed., How to Do Things with Shakespeare ...

Author: Adam G. Hooks

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781316495568

Category: Literary Criticism


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Selling Shakespeare tells a story of Shakespeare's life and career in print, a story centered on the people who created, bought, and sold books in the early modern period. The interests and investments of publishers and booksellers have defined our ideas of what is 'Shakespearean', and attending to their interests demonstrates how one version of Shakespearean authorship surpassed the rest. In this book, Adam G. Hooks identifies and examines four pivotal episodes in Shakespeare's life in print: the debut of his narrative poems, the appearance of a series of best-selling plays, the publication of collected editions of his works, and the cataloguing of those works. Hooks also offers a new kind of biographical investigation and historicist criticism, one based not on external life documents, nor on the texts of Shakespeare's works, but on the books that were printed, published, sold, circulated, collected, and catalogued under his name.

Shakespeare and Space

“Watching as Reading: The Audience and Written Text in Shakespeare's Playhouse”. In How to Do Things with Shakespeare, edited by L. Maguire.

Author: Ina Habermann

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137518354

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 282

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This collection offers an overview of the ways in which space has become relevant to the study of Shakespearean drama and theatre. It distinguishes various facets of space, such as structural aspects of dramatic composition, performance space and the evocation of place, linguistic, social and gendered spaces, early modern geographies, and the impact of theatrical mobility on cultural exchange and the material world. These facets of space are exemplified in individual essays. Throughout, the Shakespearean stage is conceived as a topological ‘node’, or interface between different times, places and people – an approach which also invokes Edward Soja’s notion of ‘Thirdspace’ to describe the blend between the real and the imaginary characteristic of Shakespeare’s multifaceted theatrical world. Part Two of the volume emphasises the theatrical mobility of Hamlet – conceptually from an anthropological perspective, and historically in the tragedy’s migrations to Germany, Russia and North America.

Shakespeare and the Visual Imagination

Gillian Woods, 'Catholicism and Conversion in Love's Labour's Lost', How to Do Things with Shakespeare, ed. Laurie Maguire (Oxford: Blackwell, 2008), ...

Author: Stuart Sillars

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107029958

Category: Art

Page: 333

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A fully illustrated study of Shakespeare's awareness of traditions in visual art and their presence in his plays and poems.

Shakespeare on the Global Stage

I think there are a number of really interesting things there. I was flirting at one point with doing a Shakespeare play on stage. The big difference that I ...

Author: Paul Prescott

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472520340

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 376

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Long held as Britain's 'national poet', Shakespeare's role in the 2012 London Cultural Olympiad confirmed his status as a global icon in the modern world. From his prominent positioning in the Olympic and Paralympic ceremonies, to his major presence in the cultural programme surrounding the Games, including the Royal Shakespeare Company's World Shakespeare Festival and the Globe's Globe to Globe Festival, Shakespeare played a major role in the way the UK presented itself to its citizens and to the world. This collection explores the cultural forces at play in the construction, use and reception of Shakespeare during the 2012 Olympic Moment, considering what his presence says about culture, politics and identity in twenty-first century British and global life.


Do you agree with the idea that having a conscience makes a person a coward because it prevents him from doing things he otherwise would do if he had none?

Author: Mari Lu Robbins

Publisher: Teacher Created Resources

ISBN: 9781557346148


Page: 176

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Shakespeare s Extremes

Of how to do things that, on occasion, however, do not fully cohere. Indeed, the claims often appear contradictory and incompatible.

Author: Julián Jiménez Heffernan

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137523587

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 234

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Shakespeare's Extremes is a controversial intervention in current critical debates on the status of the human in Shakespeare's work. By focusing on three flagrant cases of human exorbitance - Edgar, Caliban and Julius Caesar - this book seeks to limn out the domain of the human proper in Shakespeare.

Shakespeare s Pictures

Shakespeare's characters do things with words, but they also do things with pictures, and often with pictures and words together. This chapter examines some ...

Author: Keir Elam

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781408179772

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 400

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Shakespeare's Pictures is the first full-length study of visual objects in Shakespearean drama. In several plays (Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice and Twelfth Night, among others) pictures are brought on stage - in the form of portraits or other images - as part of the dramatic action. Shakespeare's characters show, exchange and describe them. The pictures arouse in their beholders strong feelings, of desire, nostalgia or contempt, and sometimes even taking the place of the people they depict. The pictures presented in Shakespeare's work are part of the language of the drama, and they have a significant impact on theatrical performance, from Shakespeare's time to our own. Keir Elam pays close attention to the iconographic and literary contexts of Shakespeare's pictures while also exploring their role in performance history. Highly illustrated with 46 images, this volume examines the conflicted cooperation between the visual and the verbal.

Faith in Shakespeare

Edward A. Snow, "Loves of Comfort and Despair: A Reading of Shakespeare's Sonnet 138,” ELH 47 (1980): ... J. L. Austin, How to Do Things with Words, ed.

Author: Richard C. McCoy

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199945764

Category: Drama

Page: 194

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Rather than exploring faith as it relates to various political and historical controversies of the early modern period, Richard McCoy argues that "faith" in Shakespearean drama is best viewed as secular and poetic instead of an exclusively religious phenomenon.

Shakespeare and the Arab World

It thus fails to explain why different writers take different things from Shakespeare and bring different things to him (and why many writers familiar with ...

Author: Katherine Hennessey

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9781789202601

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 270

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Offering a variety of perspectives on the history and role of Arab Shakespeare translation, production, adaptation and criticism, this volume explores both international and locally focused Arab/ic appropriations of Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets. In addition to Egyptian and Palestinian theatre, the contributors to this collection examine everything from an Omani performance in Qatar and an Upper Egyptian television series to the origin of the sonnets to an English-language novel about the Lebanese civil war. Addressing materials produced in several languages from literary Arabic (fuṣḥā) and Egyptian colloquial Arabic (‘ammiyya) to Swedish and French, these scholars and translators vary in discipline and origin, and together exhibit the diversity and vibrancy of this field.

The Arden Research Handbook of Shakespeare and Social Justice

Thomas More's modern editor Edward Surtz has written: 'There can be no doubt ... Radical Shakespeare, which among other things reminds us of the numerous ...

Author: David Ruiter

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350140370

Category: Drama

Page: 352

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The Arden Research Handbook of Shakespeare and Social Justice is a wide-ranging, authoritative guide to research on Shakespeare and issues of social justice and arts activism by an international team of leading scholars, directors, arts activists, and educators. Across four sections it explores the relevance and responsibility of art to the real world ? to the significant teaching and learning, performance and practice, theory and economies that not only expand the discussion of literature and theatre, but also open the gates of engagement between the life of the mind and lived experience. The collection draws from noted scholars, writers and practitioners from around the globe to assert the power of art to question, disrupt and re-invigorate both the ties that bind and the barriers that divide us. A series of interviews with theatre practitioners and scholars opens the volume, establishing an initial portfolio of areas for research, exploration, and change. In Section 2 'The Practice of Shakespeare and Social Justice' contributors examine Shakespeare's place and possibilities in intervening on issues of race, class, gender and sexuality. Section 3 'The Performance of Shakespeare and Social Justice' traces Shakespeare and social justice in multiple global contexts; engaging productions grounded in the politics of Mexico, India, South Africa, China and aspects of Asian politics broadly, this section illuminates the burgeoning field of global production while keeping as a priority the political structures that make advocacy and resistance possible. The last section on 'Economies of Shakespeare' describes socio-economic and community issues that come to light in Shakespeare, and their potential to catalyse ongoing discussion and change in respect to wealth, distribution, equity, and humanity. An annotated bibliography provides further guidance to those researching the subject.

Designers Shakespeare

Performing “true-meant design;”1 “that risky and dangerous negotiation between a doing ... and a thing done”2 Dorita Hannah Visual dramaturgy... does not ...

Author: John Russell Brown

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317911784

Category: Design

Page: 200

View: 368


Theatre Design involves everything seen on stage: not only scenery but costumes, wigs, makeup, properties, lighting, sound, even the shape and material of the stage itself. Designers’ Shakespeare presents and analyses the work of a half-dozen leading practitioners of this specialist art. By focusing specifically on their Shakespearean work, it also offers a fresh, exciting perspective on some of the best-known drama of all time. Shakespeare’s plays offer an unusual range of opportunities to designers. As they were written for a theatre which gave no opportunity for scenic support or embellishment, designers are freed from any compulsion to imitate original practices. This has resulted in the extraordinarily diverse range of works presented in this volume, which considers among others the work of Josef Svoboda, Karl-Ernst Herrmann, Ming Cho Lee, Alison Chitty, Robert Wilson, Societas Raffaello Sanzio, Filter Theatre, Catherine Zuber, John Bury , Christopher Morley, Ralph Koltai and Sean Kenny. Designers’ Shakespeare joins Actors’ Shakespeare and Directors’ Shakespeare as essential reading for lovers of Shakespeare from theatre-goers and students to directors and theatre designers.

Shakespeare and the Italian Renaissance

Silence prevails in that scene, and Paulina applauds it, as she demonstrates how to do things almost without words. What speech we hear is often paratactic ...

Author: Michele Marrapodi

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317056430

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 388

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Shakespeare and the Italian Renaissance investigates the works of Shakespeare and his fellow dramatists from within the context of the European Renaissance and, more specifically, from within the context of Italian cultural, dramatic, and literary traditions, with reference to the impact and influence of classical, coeval, and contemporary culture. In contrast to previous studies, the critical perspectives pursued in this volume’s tripartite organization take into account a wider European intertextual dimension and, above all, an ideological interpretation of the 'aesthetics' or 'politics' of intertextuality. Contributors perceive the presence of the Italian world in early modern England not as a traditional treasure trove of influence and imitation, but as a potential cultural force, consonant with complex processes of appropriation, transformation, and ideological opposition through a continuous dialectical interchange of compliance and subversion.

Shakespeare s English

How we do things like give orders, greet each other, andso on; ... Those interested in Shakespeare have also turned their attention to pragmatic matters, ...

Author: Keith Johnson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317860655

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 336

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Shakespeare's English: A Practical Linguistic Guide provides students with a solid grounding for understanding the language of Shakespeare and its place within the development of English. With a prime focus on Shakespeare and his works, Keith Johnson covers all aspects of his language (vocabulary, grammar, sounds, rhetorical structure etc.), and gives illuminating background information on the linguistic context of the Elizabethan Age. As well as providing a unique introduction to the subject, Johnson encourages a "hands-on" approach, guiding students, through the use of activities, towards an understanding of how Shakespeare's English works. This book offers: · A unique approach to the study of Early Modern English which enables students to engage independently with the topic · Clear and engagingly written explanations of linguistic concepts · Plentiful examples and activities, including suggestions for further work · A glossary, further reading suggestions and guidance to relevant websites Shakespeare's English is perfect for undergraduate students following courses that combine English language, linguistics and literature, or anyone with an interest in knowing more about the language with which Shakespeare worked his literary magic.

Lucretius and Shakespeare on the Nature of Things

DO. WE. KNOW. ABOUT. LUCRETIUS? ...cognomen Cari accessisset, vel propter ingenii magnitudinem et præstantiam, vel propter morum suavitatem et comitatem, ...

Author: Richard Allen Shoaf

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443869539

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 165

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Lucretius and Shakespeare on the Nature of Things maps large, new vistas for understanding the relationship between De rerum natura and Shakespeare’s works. In chapters on six important plays across the canon (King Lear, Macbeth, Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream), it demonstrates that Shakespeare articulates his erotics of being, his “great creating nature” (The Winter’s Tale), by drawing on imagery he learned from Ovid and other classical poets, but especially from Lucretius, in his powerful epic that celebrates Venus and her endless creativity. Responding to Lucretius’s widely admired Latinity in his exposition of the life of man in nature, Shakespeare emerges as an early modern materialist who writes poetry that is effectively “atomic,” marked (as we might say today) by fission (hendiadys, for example) and fusion (synoeciosis, for example), joining and splitting, splitting and joining language and character as no other poet has ever done – To give away yourself keeps yourself still; My grave is like to be my wedding bed; I begin/To doubt the equivocation of the fiend/That lies like truth. Readers of Shoaf’s book will encounter anew, through both fresh evidence and close reading, Shakespeare’s universally acknowledged commitment to the art of nature and the nature of art. With Lucretius’s poetry as inspiration, Shakespeare becomes the poet of the material, both in art and in nature, immensely creative with his dædala lingua like dædala natura – his wonder-crafting tongue like wonder-working nature.

Shakespeare and Costume

Do. Things. with. Shoes. Natasha. Korda. Among the scattered dress-pins, buttons, beads, hooks, bits of copper lace and silk fringe, and other remnants of ...

Author: Patricia Lennox

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472532503

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 312

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Inspired by new approaches in performance studies, theatre history, research in material culture and dress history, a rich discussion of the many aspects of costume in Shakespearean performance has begun. Shakespeare and Costume furthers this research, bringing together varied and stimulating essays by leading scholars that consider costume from literary, dramatic, design, performative and theatrical perspectives, as well as interviews with renowned theatre practitioners Jane Greenwood and Robert Morgan. The volume amply demonstrates how an analysis of the meaning of costume enriches our understanding of Shakespeare's plays. Beginning with an overview of the stage history of Shakespeare and costume, the volume looks at the historical context of clothing in the plays, considering topics such as royal self-fashioning, festive livery practices, and conceptions of race and gender exhibited in clothing choice, as well as costume in performance. Drawing on documentary evidence in designers' renderings, illustrations in periodicals, paintings, photographs, newspaper reviews and actors' memoirs, the volume also explores costume designs in specific Shakespeare productions from the re-opening of the London theatres in 1660 to the present day.

A Practical Guide to Teaching Shakespeare

If you do not agree on two statements, try to win them over to your opinion. b. ... (William Somerset Maugham) 11 You can close your eyes to the things you ...

Author: Wilfried Brusch

Publisher: Ernst Klett Sprachen

ISBN: 9783125763418


Page: 120

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