Brawl Ridiculous: Swordfighting in Shakespeare's Plays

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Manchester University Press, 1992 - Literary Criticism - 218 pages
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Paying close attention to the performance conditions in the Elizabethan theatre, Edelman (English, Edith Cowan U., Western Australia) explores how Shakespeare's many battle scenes, duels, and single combats would have been presented by his own company. He draws on the whole range of plays to argue that such scenes reinforce poetic and dramatic themes, rather than merely provide a popular spectacle for the crowd. Distributed in the US by St. Martin's Press. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Charles Edelman was awarded the Sohmer-Hall prize by the Globe Theatre for his book, Shakespeare's Military Language: A Dictionary.

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