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‘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 pp. 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.

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Published date: 28 May 2009
Keywords: words and sounds, memory and performance history, text and performance, shakespeare, publishing shakespeare, performing shakespeare, shakespeare performance poet


Local EPrints ID: 79375
ISBN: 9780826495211
PURE UUID: e7289b91-4297-4386-ac13-76792a96264b

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Date deposited: 15 Mar 2010
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 23:17

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Author: Ros King
Editor: Andrew Hiscock
Editor: Stephen Longstaffe

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