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Shakespeare and the Theatre of Wonder

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

  • Date Published: December 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521034920

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  • The experience of powerful emotion has always been central to dramatic presentation and audience response. In this study, T. G. Bishop examines ways in which wonder has been used by playwrights as an integral part of theater in classical and medieval drama and explores wonder in Shakespeare's work through extended readings of The Comedy of Errors, Pericles and The Winter's Tale. By focusing on how characters feel, and how the story of these feelings is told and evaluated, this study offers a new approach to understanding plays.

    • Provides alternative insight into the work of Shakespeare, in the context of the use of wonder as a powerful theatrical emotion
    • Full study of a central, but neglected, aspect of theatre
    • Detailed readings of three Shakespeare plays set in their cultural context
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    "...Shakespeare and the theatre of wonder is an enlightening work, coupling impressive insight into the plays it analyzes with an infectious appreciation for the rich chemistry of those dynamic still points in which nothing but everything is happening." Thomas Moisan, Shakespeare Quarterly

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521034920
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.364kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgments
    List of abbreviations
    Introduction
    1. Theory of wonder
    theatre of wonder
    2. Vision and vocation in the theatre of God
    3. Compounding 'Errors'
    4. Pericles
    or, the past as fate and miracle
    5. The Winter's Tale
    or, filling up the graves
    Conclusion
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    T. G. Bishop, Case Western Reserve University, Ohio

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