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Elizabethan Stage Conditions : A Study of their Place in the Interpretation of Shakespeare's Plays - M. C. Bradbrook

Elizabethan Stage Conditions

A Study of their Place in the Interpretation of Shakespeare's Plays

Paperback Published: 1st December 1968
ISBN: 9780521095396
Number Of Pages: 160

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A short, vigorous and clear study of the use and misuse of our knowledge of Elizabethan stage conditions in interpreting Shakespeare's plays. After reviewing past Shakespearean criticism and showing the unsatisfactory results of treating Shakespeare as a pure poet unfettered by time and place, Professor Bradbrook explains how the bare open stage of theatres like the Globe allowed great flexibility of dramatic structure for Shakespeare and his contemporaries; she considers the degree to which the Elizabethan audience influenced the content of the plays and the effects of the conventions and peculiarities of Shakespeare's actors on his dramatic characters. She argues that an increased knowledge of Elizabethan stage conditions can prevent the interference of some preconceptions of our own age and help to make a fruitful separation between historic and appreciative criticism. This essay, long unobtainable, is now made generally available.

Notes
Note on the Second Impression
Introduction
Shakespearian criticism - eighteenth and nineteenth centuries
Shakespearean criticism - twentieth century
Shakespeare's stage and his dramatic structure
The topical element in Shakespeare
The question of characterisation
Shakespeare and the 'profession'
Shakespeare's stage and his poetry
Shakespeare's stage and textual criticism
Conclusion
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ISBN: 9780521095396
ISBN-10: 0521095395
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st December 1968
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 12.7  x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.18