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Looking at the violation of bodies in Shakespeare's tragedies, especially as revealed (or concealed) in performance on stage and screen, Pascale Aebischer discusses stage and screen performances of Titus Andronicus, Hamlet, Othello and King Lear. Aebischer demonstrates how bodies virtually absent from playtexts and critical discussion (due to silence, disability, marginalization, racial otherness or death) can be prominent in performance, where their representation reflects the cultural and political climate of the production.Read more
- Performance study of Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal National Theatre and screen productions of Shakespeare's tragedies
- Incorporation of gender, race and performance theories
- Based on extensive archival research going back to the mid-nineteenth century
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"Aebischer's book analyzes a dazzling range of Shakespeare productions...she exceeds such a simplified ousting of hierarchy in the drama with what, despite some rough spots is a fascinating challenge to Shakepsearean interpretive orthodoxy." Sixteenth Century Journal Michelle Parkinson, Purdue University
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- Date Published: July 2009
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521117845
- length: 236 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
- weight: 0.35kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Prologue: The Gravedigger's daughter - a story of loss
Introduction: filling the empty space
1. Titus Andronicus: spectacular obscenities
2. 'Not dead? not yet quite dead?': Hamlet's unruly corpses
3. Murderous male moors: gazing at race in Titus Andronicus and Othello
4. En-gendering violence and suffering in King Lear
Epilogue: Polly goes to Hollywood - a success story
Appendix: Main productions cited
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