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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
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 259 pages)
Series Palgrave Shakespeare studies
Palgrave Shakespeare studies.
Contents Introduction / P. Yachnin and J. Slights -- PART I: THEORY -- Confusing Shakespeare's Characters with Real People: Reflections on Reading in Four Questions / M. Bristol -- The Reality of Fictive Cinematic Characters / T. Ponech -- Character as Dynamic Identity: From Fictional Interaction Script to Performance / W. Dodd -- PART II: HISTORY -- Personnage: History, Philology, Performance / A.G. Bourassa -- The Properties of Character in King Lear / J. Berg -- Embodied Intersubjectivity and the Creation of Early Modern Character / L. Lieblein -- PART III: PERFORMANCE -- Metatheater and the Performance of Character in The Winter's Tale / P. Yachnin and M.W. Selkirk -- Character, Agency and the Familiar Actor / A.J. Hartley -- The Actor-Character in 'Secretly Open' Action: Doubly Encoded Personation on Shakespeare's Stage / R. Weimann -- PART IV: THEATRICAL PERSONS -- Is Timon a Character? / A. Dawson -- When is a bastard not a bastard? Character in King John / C. Slights -- Arming Cordelia: Character and Performance / S. 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 we;; 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Characters.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Knowledge -- Psychology.
Characters and characteristics in literature.
Identity (Psychology) in literature.
Personality in literature.
Form Electronic book
Author Slights, Jessica, 1968-
Yachnin, Paul Edward, 1953-
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LC no. 2008030680
ISBN 0230584152 (electronic bk.)
9780230584150 (electronic bk.)
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