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Anecdotal Shakespeare: A New Performance History

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by Paul Menzer
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Anecdotal Shakespeare: A New Performance History by Paul Menzer

Shakespeare's four-hundred-year performance history is full of anecdotes � ribald, trivial, frequently funny, sometimes disturbing, and always but loosely allegiant to fact. Such anecdotes are nevertheless a vital index to the ways that Shakespeare's plays have generated meaning across varied times and in varied places. Furthermore, particular plays have produced particular anecdotes � stories of a real skull in Hamlet, superstitions about the name Macbeth, toga troubles in Julius Caesar � and therefore express something embedded in the plays they attend. Anecdotes constitute then not just a vital component of a play's performance history but a form of vernacular criticism by the personnel most intimately involved in their production: actors. These anecdotes are therefore every bit as responsive to and expressive of a play's meanings across time as the equally rich history of Shakespearean criticism or indeed the very performances these anecdotes treat. Anecdotal Shakespeare provides a history of post-Renaissance Shakespeare and performance, one not based in fact but no less full of

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Pages: 280
Size: 365 KB
Publisher: Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare
Date published:   2015
ISBN: 9781472576170 (DRM-EPUB)
9781472576187 (DRM-PDF)

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