Shakespeare's Memory Theatre: Recollection, Properties, and Character (BOK)

Lina Perkins Wilder

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Ranging from Yorick's skull to Desdemona's handkerchief, Shakespeare's mnemonic objects help audiences to recall, or imagine, staged and unstaged pasts. This study reinterprets the 'places' and 'objects' of the memory arts as a conceptual model for theatrical performance. While the memory arts demand a 'masculine' mental and physical discipline, recollection in Shakespeare's plays exploits the distrusted physicality of women and clowns. In Shakespeare's 'memory theatre', some mnemonic objects, such as Prospero's books, are notable by their absence; others, such as the portraits of Claudius and Old Hamlet, embody absence. Absence creates an atmosphere of unfulfilled desire. Engaging this desire, the plays create a theatrical community that remembers past performances. Combining materialist, historicist, and cognitive approaches, Wilder establishes the importance of recollection for understanding the structure of Shakespeare's plays and the social work done by performance in early modern London.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2010 Forfatter Lina Perkins Wilder
Forlag
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
ISBN 9780521764551
Antall sider 230 Dimensjoner 15,2cm x 22,8cm x 1,6cm
Vekt 510 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Shakespeare studies & criticism, Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800