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The Spectacular in and Around Shakespeare

The Spectacular in and Around Shakespeare (Hardback)

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This volume addresses the economy of the spectacular in and around Shakespeare's plays, both in early modern England and in late-twentieth/twenty-first-century adaptations and appropriations. Apart from addressing issues such as (im)plausibility, tours de force arousing amazement, and excess for the sake of entertainment, it raises the question of intentionality-what is behind the spectacular? Is there always a manipulative purpose? How far-reaching are the political and ideological stakes?

The contributors to this volume investigate a broad spectrum of particular phenomena: the spectacular sound effects and pyrotechnics displayed for the opening of the Globe theatre with Julius Caesar on performance; George Gascoigne's lavish 1575 pageant commissioned by the Earl of Leicester for the queen at Kenilworth (The Princely Pleasures); the relationship between the spectacular and scientific discoveries, as well as their dialectics of appropriation; the impact of Mannerist art on The Winter's Tale; Coriolanus' resistance to ostentation and political shows; the anti-spectacular counter-current running through Timon of Athens; Julia Pascal's innovative 2007 stage production of The Merchant of Venice; apocalyptic screen adaptations of turn-of-the-century Jacobean tragedies, and Richard III's potential to be graphically interpreted in 2008 as political satire and as a danse macabre.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: plays & playwrightsShakespeare studies & criticismFilm, TV & DramaTheatre Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing Publication Date: 08/06/2009 ISBN-13: 9781443811057  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Dr. Pascale Drouet is Senior Lecturer in Shakespeare Studies at the University of Poitiers, France. She has published a number of works on vagrancy and roguery in early modern literature, including a monograph, Le vagabond dans l'Angleterre de Shakespeare, ou l'art de contrefaire a la ville et a la scene (L'Harmattan, 2003). She is editor of Shakespeare au XXeme siecle: Mises en scene, mises en perspective de Richard II (Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2007) and joint editor of "The True Blank of Thine Eye": Approches critiques de King Lear (Presses Universitaires de Paris Sorbonne, 2008). In 2007, she launched the online journal Les Cahiers Shakespeare en devenir (

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