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Title Shakespeare and character : theory, history, performance, and theatrical persons / edited by Paul Yachnin and Jessica Slights
Published Basingstoke [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  820.33 Z41 Y1212  AVAILABLE
Description xiii, 259 pages ; 23 cm
Series Palgrave Shakespeare studies
Palgrave Shakespeare studies.
Contents Introduction / Paul Yachnin and Jessica Slights -- Theory. Confusing Shakespeare's characters with real people: reflections on reading in four questions / Michael Bristol -- The reality of fictive cinematic characters / Trevor Ponech -- Character as dynamic identity: from fictional interaction script to performance / William Dodd -- History. Personnage: history, philology, performance / André G. Bourassa -- Embodied intersubjectivity and the creation of early modern character / Leanore Lieblein -- Performance. Metatheater and the performance of character in The winter's tale / Paul Yachnin and Myrna Wyatt Selkirk -- Character, agency, and the familiar actor / Andrew James Hartley -- The actor-character in "secretly open" action: doubly encoded personation on Shakespeare's stage / Robert Weimann -- Theatrical persons. Is Timon a character? / Anthony Dawson -- When is a bastard not a bastard?: character in King John / Camille Slights -- Arming Cordelia: character and performance / Sarah Werner
Summary ""Character" is a word with enormous resonance in theatrical practice, performance criticism, and literary and historical scholarship. It is also a word in need of concerted, interdisciplinary re-articulation. Shakespeare and Character provides a theoretically, historically, theatrically, and critically substantial account of character. One of the questions that the authors ask is, "what is character?" To answer this central question - and to begin to provide a new critical vocabulary for character study - they examine the theory, history, formal properties, and the literary and performance possibilities of Shakespearean character as well as the bearing that "theatrical persons" might have on the situation of actual people. They also emphasize the interrelationship between theory and the particular by connecting theories and histories of the idea of character to concrete, detailed accounts of particular characters as they emerge in the text and on the stage."--BOOK JACKET
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Characters.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Knowledge -- Psychology.
Characters and characteristics in literature.
Identity (Psychology) in literature.
Personality in literature.
Author Slights, Jessica, 1968-
Yachnin, Paul Edward, 1953-
LC no. 2008030680
ISBN 0230572626 (alk. paper)
9780230572621 (alk. paper)