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Shakespeare's Violated Bodies

Shakespeare's Violated Bodies
Stage and Screen Performance


  • Date Published: July 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521117845

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  • This study looks 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 with a view to showing how bodies which are virtually absent from both playtexts and critical discourse (due to silence, disability, marginalisation, racial otherness or death) can be prominent in performance, where their representation reflects the cultural and political climate of the production. Aebischer focuses on post-1980 Royal Shakespeare Company and Royal National Theatre productions but also covers film adaptations and landmark productions from the nineteenth century onwards. Her book will interest scholars and students of Shakespeare, gender, performance and cultural studies.

    • 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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    Review of the hardback: '… an extremely useful resource to scholars of Shakespeare on both stage and screen.' Theatre Notebook

    Review of the hardback: 'Methodologically ... highly innovative, boldly fusing two critical schools usually seen as incompatible: textual and performance criticism. Aebischer demonstrates that the study of Shakespeare in performance cannot replace the close attention to the play texts, but may potentially enrich our understanding of them.' Shakespeare Jahrbuch Band

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    Product details

    • 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

  • Author

    Pascale Aebischer, University of Exeter
    Pascale Aebischer is Associate Professor of Early Modern Performance Studies at the University of Exeter. After a combined honours degree (English and French) at the University of Bern and a postgraduate diploma at the London Academy of Performing Arts, she moved to Lincoln College, Oxford, where she was the recipient of a Berrow Scholarship and where she completed her DPhil. From 1999 to 2002, Aebischer held a Research Fellowship, funded by the National Science Foundation (CH), at Darwin College, Cambridge. During those years, she taught in Cambridge, Oxford and for the British American Drama Academy in London. She took up a Lectureship in Renaissance Studies at the University of Leicester in 2002 and moved to the University of Exeter in 2004. She is author of Jacobean Drama (2010) and Screening Early Modern Drama: Beyond Shakespeare (Cambridge University Press, 2013), and co-editor of Performing Early Modern Drama Today (Cambridge University Press, 2012). In spring 2013, Pascale Aebischer became General Editor of Shakespeare Bulletin, the leading journal of early modern performance studies.

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