Shakespeare the Theatre-Poet by Robert Hapgood

Shakespeare the Theatre-Poet

byRobert Hapgood

Paperback | November 1, 1990

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How subject to interpretation is Shakespeare? The valid options his plays afford can seem infinite; yet in fact they are not. This book seeks to come fully to terms with Shakespeare's openness to interpretation while respecting the primacy of his creative presence. It sees Shakespeare thetheatre-poet as making theatre not only by outlining an imaginary world but by providing guidelines for its enactment and reception, implying in each of his plays a distinctive rapport between the playwright, the players, and the playgoers. These guidelines may be discerned through a study of therange and limits of the options that a given text affords. The book studies a variety of plays in this way, especially Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth. By doing so it seeks to provide an aesthetic for Shakespeare's theatre-poetry, one that includes the author along with the actors and theaudience in the event that occurs when a play is performed.

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Robert Hapgood is at University of New Hampshire.
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Title:Shakespeare the Theatre-PoetFormat:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.55 inPublished:November 1, 1990Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019811270X

ISBN - 13:9780198112709

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`Hapgood writes a clear and unpretentious prose, showing a keen awareness of the clues that actors and directors hunt for in rehearsal.'Notes and Queries