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Look Inside A Dictionary of Stage Directions in English Drama 1580–1642

A Dictionary of Stage Directions in English Drama 1580–1642

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  • Date Published: March 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521000291

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  • This dictionary, the first of its kind, defines and explains over 900 terms found in the stage directions of plays for the professional stage written by Shakespeare and his contemporaries. The authors draw on a database of over 22,000 stage directions drawn from around 500 plays. Each entry defines a term, gives examples of how it is used, cites additional instances, and gives cross-references to other relevant entries. This will be an indispensable work of reference for scholars, historians, directors and actors.

    • Includes the work of all major and minor dramatists who wrote for London theatres - allows Shakespeare's staging methods to be seen in wider context than has been possible hitherto
    • First volume of its kind - drawn from database of more than 22,000 stage directions in over 500 plays
    • Valuable reference book on original staging, over which there is currently much debate (e.g. new Globe)
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "It will surely prove an indispensable reference work for generalists and Renaissance theater specialists alike...essential." Shakespeare Quarterly

    "...[a] fascinating and enormously useful volume...any serious student of Elizabethan-Jacobean-Caroline drama needs to hand a copy of this book..." Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England

    "Students and scholars are heavily indebted to Alan Dessen for his work on Elizabethan staging...Now, teaming up with Leslie Thomason, he has provided us with an extensive and important dictionary of stage directions for Elizabethan and Jacobean drama from 1580 up tothe closing of the theatres in 1642. The book will be an invaluable aid to everyone working in the field." Shakespeare Bulletin

    "...this specialized dictionary will be of value to its intended audience of scholars, directors, actors, and historians. It will also assist serious students of literature struggling to understand the works of English Renaissance drama." Barbara E. Kemp, Choice

    "Coupled with a select bibliography of studies on early English staging, the detailed entries provide excellent starting points for the investigation of the use of such devices as balconies, ghosts and disguises in early English plays. A unique resource for any collection suporting interest in English Renaissance drama." J.K. Bracken, CHOICE

    "[The authors] explain the sometimes several meanings of a

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521000291
    • length: 306 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 178 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.548kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    User's guide
    Dictionary of stage directions
    Terms by category
    Plays and editions cited
    Selected bibliography.

  • Authors

    Alan C. Dessen, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    Leslie Thomson, University of Toronto

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