Shakespeare’s Props

Shakespeare’s Props

Author: Sophie Duncan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351967600

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 278

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Cognitive approaches to drama have enriched our understanding of Early Modern playtexts, acting and spectatorship. This monograph is the first full-length study of Shakespeare’s props and their cognitive impact. Shakespeare’s most iconic props have become transhistorical, transnational metonyms for their plays: a strawberry-spotted handkerchief instantly recalls Othello; a skull Hamlet. One reason for stage properties’ neglect by cognitive theorists may be the longstanding tendency to conceptualise props as detachable body parts: instead, this monograph argues for props as detachable parts of the mind. Through props, Shakespeare’s characters offload, reveal and intervene in each other’s cognition, illuminating and extending their affect. Shakespeare’s props are neither static icons nor substitutes for the body, but volatile, malleable, and dangerously exposed extensions of his characters’ minds. Recognising them as such offers new readings of the plays, from the way memory becomes a weapon in Hamlet’s Elsinore, to the pleasures and perils of Early Modern gift culture in Othello. The monograph illuminates Shakespeare’s exploration of extended cognition, recollection and remembrance at a time when the growth of printing was forcing Renaissance culture to rethink the relationship between memory and the object. Readings in Shakespearean stage history reveal how props both carry audience affect and reveal cultural priorities: some accrue cultural memories, while others decay and are forgotten as detritus of the stage.
Shakespeare’s Props
Language: en
Pages: 278
Authors: Sophie Duncan
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-01-30 - Publisher: Routledge

Cognitive approaches to drama have enriched our understanding of Early Modern playtexts, acting and spectatorship. This monograph is the first full-length study of Shakespeare’s props and their cognitive impact. Shakespeare’s most iconic props have become transhistorical, transnational metonyms for their plays: a strawberry-spotted handkerchief instantly recalls Othello; a skull Hamlet.
Shakespeare's Prop Room
Language: en
Pages: 229
Authors: John Leland, Alan Baragona
Categories: Performing Arts
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-01-07 - Publisher: McFarland

This study provides the first comprehensive examination of every prop in Shakespeare's plays, whether mentioned in stage directions, indicated in dialogue or implied by the action. Building on the latest scholarship and offering a witty treatment of the subject, the authors delve into numerous historical documents, the business of theater
Shakespeare's Props
Language: en
Pages: 278
Authors: SOPHIE. DUNCAN
Categories: Performing Arts
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-10-02 - Publisher: Routledge

Cognitive approaches to drama have enriched our understanding of Early Modern playtexts, acting and spectatorship. This monograph is the first full-length study of Shakespeare's props and their cognitive impact. Shakespeare's most iconic props have become transhistorical, transnational metonyms for their plays: a strawberry-spotted handkerchief instantly recalls Othello; a skull Hamlet.
Shakespeare in the World
Language: en
Pages: 248
Authors: Suddhaseel Sen
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-10-19 - Publisher: Routledge

Shakespeare in the World traces the reception histories and adaptations of Shakespeare in the nineteenth century, when his works became well-known to non-Anglophone communities in both Europe and colonial India. Sen provides thorough and searching examinations of nineteenth-century theatrical, operatic, novelistic, and prose adaptations that are still read and performed,
Shakespeare's Theatre
Language: en
Pages: 590
Authors: Hugh Macrae Richmond
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2004-01-01 - Publisher: A&C Black

Under an alphabetical list of relevant terms, names and concepts, the book reviews current knowledge of the character and operation of theatres in Shakespeare's time, with an explanation of their origins>