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This book contends that Shakespeare's so-called "problem plays" can be viewed as experiments in the Mannerist style. The plays reappraised here are Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Troilus and Cressida, All's Well That Ends Well and Measure for Measure. Maquerlot reveals intriguing analogies between Shakespeare's plays and the structural ambiguity of certain Italian Mannerist paintings, establishing the relevance to drama of a concept imported from the field of visual art.Read more
- Cross-disciplinary - the interrelation between drama and the visual arts
- Each of the major paintings described is illustrated in the book, in black and white
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- Date Published: February 1996
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521410830
- length: 212 pages
- dimensions: 237 x 157 x 18 mm
- weight: 0.538kg
- contains: 9 b/w illus. 1 table
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. The problem of Mannerism
2. From art to theatre: towards a definition of Mannerism: illustrations and commentaries
3. Mannerism in reaction to formalism
4. Julius Caesar and dramatic coquetry
5. Hamlet: optical effects
6. When playing is foiling: Troilus and Cressida
7. Mostrar l'arte: All's Well That Ends Well and Measure for Measure
8.The end of the Mannerist moment.
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