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Paperback:Anecdotal Shakespeare : a new performance history / Paul Menzer.:2015 Paperback Anecdotal Shakespeare : a new performance history / Paul Menzer.
Anecdotal Shakespeare : a new performance history / Paul Menzer.
Author: Menzer, Paul, 1966-
Publication year: 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9781472576156 (pbk.) :
Extent: 280 pages : illustrations (black and white)
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Shakespeare's 400-year performance history is full of anecdotes - ribald, trivial, frequently funny, sometimes disturbing, and always but loosely allegiant to fact. Such anecdotes are nevertheless a vital index to the ways that Shakespeare's plays have generated meaning across varied times and in varied places. Furthermore, particular plays have produced particular anecdotes - stories of a real skull in 'Hamlet', superstitions about the name 'Macbeth', toga troubles in 'Julius Caesar' - and therefore express something embedded in the plays they attend. Anecdotes constitute then not just a vital component of a play's performance history but a form of vernacular criticism by the personnel most intimately involved in their production: actors. 'Anecdotal Shakespeare' provides a history of post-Renaissance Shakespeare and performance, one not based in fact but no less full of truth.

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