Recovering Shakespeares Theatrical Vocabulary by Alan C. DessenRecovering Shakespeares Theatrical Vocabulary by Alan C. Dessen

Recovering Shakespeares Theatrical Vocabulary

byAlan C. Dessen

Paperback | November 23, 2006

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Alan Dessen draws on stage directions from hundreds of plays (from 1425 to 1642) to investigate what a playgoer may actually have seen when watching the original production of Hamlet or Macbeth. He argues for the presence of a shared vocabulary among playwrights, players and playgoers geared to a sense of theater that is easily obscured or eclipsed today. Chapters are devoted to such things as early entrances, the sick chair, vanish effects, tomb scenes, and to the staging of places such as a forest, a shop, a study or a house.
Title:Recovering Shakespeares Theatrical VocabularyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:300 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.67 inPublished:November 23, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521032415

ISBN - 13:9780521032414


Table of Contents

Preface; Note on texts and old spelling; 1. The problem, the evidence, and the language barrier; 2. Lost in translation; 3. Interpreting without a dictionary; 4. Juxtapositions; 5. Theatrical italics; 6. Sick chairs and sick thrones; 7. Much virtue in as; 8. The vocabulary of 'place'; 9. 'Romeo opens the tomb'; 10. Vanish and vanishing; Conclusion: so what?; Notes; Plays and editions cited; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"Recovering Shakespeare's Theatrical Vocabulary is a very strong book...." Philip C. McGuire, Shakespeare Quarterly