‘Making meanings: Shakespeare’s poetry for the theatre’

King, Ros (2009) ‘Making meanings: Shakespeare’s poetry for the theatre’. In, Hiscock, Andrew and Longstaffe, Stephen (eds.) Shakespeare Handbook. London, UK, Continuum, 206-214. (Literature and Culture Handbooks).


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The article reviews some current approaches to Shakespeare and takes issue with a recently fashionable idea that Shakespeare wrote to be published in print. It argues instead that he wrote to be performed but, more than that, he wrote with a view to the rehearsal conditions in the Elizabethan theatre, i.e. the quality of that writing needs to be analysed with an understanding of the ways in which early modern actors read their parts and rehearsed. Too often the signals that are of infinite value to performing readers are smoothed out of modern editions.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBNs: 9780826495211 (hardback)
9780826495785 (paperback)
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Keywords: words and sounds, memory and performance history, text and performance, shakespeare, publishing shakespeare, performing shakespeare, shakespeare performance poet
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > English
ePrint ID: 79375
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
28 May 2009Published
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:15
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/79375

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