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Early modern actors and Shakespeare's theatre: thinking with the body

Early modern actors and Shakespeare's theatre: thinking with the body

Tribble, Evelyn B., author

What skills did Shakespeare's actors bring to their craft? How do these skills differ from those of contemporary actors? 'Early Modern Actors and Shakespeare's Theatre' examines the 'toolkit' of the early modern player and suggests new readings of the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries through the lens of their many skills. What skills did Shakespeare's actors bring to their craft? How do these skills differ from those of contemporary actors? Early Modern Actors and Shakespeare's Theatre: Thinking with the Body examines the `toolkit' of the early modern player and suggests new readings of the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries through the lens of their many skills. Theatre is an ephemeral medium. Little remains to us of the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries: some printed texts, scattered documents and records, and a few scraps of description, praise, and detraction. Because most of what survives are printed playbooks, students of English theatre find it easy to forget that much of what happened on the early modern stage took place within the gaps of written language: the implicit or explicit calls for fights, dances, military formations, feats of physical skill, song, and clowning. Theatre historians and textual editors have often ignored or denigrated such moments, seeing them merely as extraneous amusements or signs that the text has been `corrupted' by actors. This book argues that recapturing a positive account of the skills and expertise of the early modern players will result in a more capacious understanding of the nature of theatricality in the period

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Published London: Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2017
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Statement of responsibility: Evelyn Tribble
ISBN: 1472576055, 9781472576057
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: ix, 227 pages
Series: The Arden Shakespeare
Subject: Performing Arts.; Theater England History 17th century.; Acting History 16th century.; Theatre studies; Acting History 17th century.; Actors England History 16th century.; English; Classic & pre-20th century plays; Theater England History 16th century.; United Kingdom, Great Britain; Actors England History 17th century.; England; Literary studies: plays & playwrights
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Series Title: Arden Shakespeare.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781472576033

Contents

  1. Mindful Bodies: Skill Ecologies in Early modern England
  2. Opening Simon Jewell's Box: The Player's Toolkit
  3. 'Skill of weapon'
  4. Dancing, Music, and Song
  5. The Skill Behind the Skills: Elocution, Memory, 'Vigilancy,' and 'Pregnancy of Wit'
  6. Conclusion: Reading Through the Lens of Skill
  7. Bibliography; Index