Anecdotal Shakespeare: A New Performance History

Anecdotal Shakespeare A New Performance History Shakespeare s four hundred year performance history is full of anecdotes ribald trivial frequently funny sometimes disturbing and always but loosely allegiant to fact Such anecdotes are neverthele

  • Title: Anecdotal Shakespeare: A New Performance History
  • Author: Paul Menzer
  • ISBN: 9781472576163
  • Page: 387
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Shakespeare s four hundred 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 Further, particular plays have produced particulaShakespeare s four hundred 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 Further, 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 These anecdotes are therefore every bit as responsive to and expressive of a play s meanings across time as the equally rich history of Shakespearean criticism or indeed the very performances these anecdotes treat 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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    1. Wonderful. As much fun as Dr. Menzer's lectures (which I've been lucky enough to attend). Passionate and witty - and the puns, oh, the puns! Every time I picked it up was like some engaging, practically enchanting, intellectual workout. The exploration of anecdotes is a fascinating way into the canon and an entertaining examination of the convergence of culture, art, history, and performance. Highly recommended.

    2. The stories actors tell. Rather than reject theatrical anecdotes as ephemera or unreliable sources, Menzer takes the stories of the theatrical profession regarding its greatest practitioners and reveals the possible underlying meanings and anxieties regarding their generation.Taking the key plays of Hamlet, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Richard III, and Macbeth, Menzer explores the underlying resonances of reoccurring storytelling even when false. Tales of real skulls and fake looking ghosts in Ham [...]

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