The Staging of Romance in Late Shakespeare: Text and Theatrical Technique (Google eBook)

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University of Delaware Press, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 304 pages
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Few plays have both attracted and resisted genre study as strongly as Shakespeare's late plays. The Staging of Romance in Late Shakespeare: Text and Theatrical Technique takes a fresh approach to the role of genre in these plays by placing them in relation to the tradition of staged romance in the early modern English theater. The book argues that Shakespeare's late plays can best be understood as theatrical experiments that extend and reform this tradition, which developed around a group of theatrical techniques that sought to realize the effects of narrative romance in the theatrical medium. Their central effect was the creation of admiration in the spectators for heroic action; the value of the plays within the culture derived from this experience.
  

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Contents

Introduction Transformation Theater and Romance
11
Leontes Jealousy The Experience of Uncertainty and Generic Conflict
30
The Development of Dramatic Romance 15701610
60
Hermione Paulina and Their Audiences The Role of Mimetic Involvements in Transformation
117
Achieved Miracle Completion in Dramatic Romance
156
Unceasing Transformation Further Tests of Romance in The Tempest Henry VIII and The Two Noble Kinsmen
202
Notes
239
Bibliography
270
Index
287
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