Shakespeare and the Force of Modern Performance by W. B. WorthenShakespeare and the Force of Modern Performance by W. B. Worthen

Shakespeare and the Force of Modern Performance

byW. B. Worthen

Paperback | March 24, 2003

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Shakespeare and the Force of Modern Performance asks a central theoretical question in the study of drama: What is the relationship between the dramatic text and the meanings of performance? W.B. Worthen argues that the text cannot govern the force of its performance. Instead, the text becomes significant only as embodied in the changing conventions of its performance. Worthen explores this understanding of dramatic performativity by interrogating several contemporary sites of Shakespeare production. The book includes detailed discussions of recent films and stage productions, and sets Shakespeare performance alongside other works of contemporary drama and theatre.
Title:Shakespeare and the Force of Modern PerformanceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:284 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.59 inPublished:March 24, 2003Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:052100800X

ISBN - 13:9780521008006


Table of Contents

Introduction: dramatic performativity and the force of performance; 1. Performing history; 2. Globe performativity; 3. Shakespearean geographies; 4. Cyber-performance.

Editorial Reviews

"One of the many strengths of Worthen's book is its remarkable breadth. While the announced topic is Shakespeare in performance, the book ranges all over the world of theatre...The range of reference in performance theory is no less impressive. All this makes for a very readable book, thoughtful, challenging, entertaining. This book is quite a performance." Text and Presentation David Bevington, University of Chicago