Shakespeares Memory Theatre: Recollection, Properties, and Character by Lina Perkins WilderShakespeares Memory Theatre: Recollection, Properties, and Character by Lina Perkins Wilder

Shakespeares Memory Theatre: Recollection, Properties, and Character

byLina Perkins Wilder

Hardcover | December 6, 2010

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Ranging from Yorick's skull to Desdemona's handkerchief, Shakespeare's mnemonic objects help audiences to recall, or imagine, staged and unstaged pasts. This study reinterprets the 'places' and 'objects' of the memory arts as a conceptual model for theatrical performance. While the memory arts demand a 'masculine' mental and physical discipline, recollection in Shakespeare's plays exploits the distrusted physicality of women and clowns. In Shakespeare's 'memory theatre', some mnemonic objects, such as Prospero's books, are notable by their absence; others, such as the portraits of Claudius and Old Hamlet, embody absence. Absence creates an atmosphere of unfulfilled desire. Engaging this desire, the plays create a theatrical community that remembers past performances. Combining materialist, historicist, and cognitive approaches, Wilder establishes the importance of recollection for understanding the structure of Shakespeare's plays and the social work done by performance in early modern London.
Title:Shakespeares Memory Theatre: Recollection, Properties, and CharacterFormat:HardcoverDimensions:230 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.63 inPublished:December 6, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521764556

ISBN - 13:9780521764551


Table of Contents

Introduction. Staging memory; 1. Mnemonic desire and place-based memory systems: body, book, and theatre; 2. 'I do remember': the nurse, the apothecary, and Romeo; 3. Wasting memory: competing mnemonics in the Henry plays; 4. 'Baser matter' and mnemonic pedagogy in Hamlet; 5. 'The handkerchief, my mind misgives': false past in Othello; 6. 'Flaws and starts': fragmented recollection in Macbeth; 7. Mnemonic control and watery disorder in The Tempest; Conclusion. A 'most small fault': feminine 'nothings' and the spaces of memory; Bibliography.