Author's Pen and Actor's Voice: Playing and Writing in Shakespeare's Theatre

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 27, 2000 - Literary Criticism - 298 pages
Robert Weimann redefines the relationship between writing and performance, or "playing," in Shakespeare's theater. Through close reading and careful analysis Weimann offers a reconsideration and redefinition of Elizabethan performance and production practices. The study reviews the most recent methodologies of textual scholarship, the new history of the Elizabethan theater, performance theory, and film and video interpretation, and offers a new approach to understanding Shakespeare. Weimann examines a range of plays as well as other contemporary works. A major part of the study explores the duality between playing and writing.
 

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Contents

Performance and authority in Hamlet 1603
18
A new agenda for authority
29
The low and ignorant crust of corruption
31
Towards a circulation of authority in the theatre
36
distraction in authority
43
Pen and voice versions of doubleness
54
Frivolous jestures vs matter of worthiness Tamburlaine
56
Bifold authority in Troilus and Cressida
62
Renaissance writing and common playing
153
Unworthy antics in the glass of fashion
161
When in one line two crafts directly meet
169
Wordplay and the mirror of representation
174
Space individable locus and platea revisited
180
the locus
182
provenance and function
192
Locus and platea in Macbeth
196

Unworthy scaffold for so great an object Henry V
70
Playing with a difference
79
To disfigure or to present A Midsummer Nights Dream
80
To descant on difference and deformity Richard III
88
The selfresembled show
98
Presentation or the performant function
102
Histories in Elizabethan performance
109
Disparity in midElizabethan theatre history
110
Reforming a whole theatre of others Hamlet
121
From common player to excellent actor
131
Differentiation exclusion withdrawal
136
Hamlet and the purposes of playing
151
Banqueting in Timon of Athens
208
Shakespeares endings commodious thresholds
216
Epilogues vs closure
220
holiday into workaday
226
Thresholds to memory and commodity
234
cultural authority betwixtandbetween
240
thresholds forever after
246
Notes
251
List of works cited
269
Index
289
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