Shakespeares playwrighting and possibly his directing reflect a consistent intent to explore principles that, in his days, were perceived as foreign to the dramatic idiom. This is evident within the framework of contemporary theatre theories at the time. Eli Roziks novel reading of the play-scripts provides the classical and synchronic theoretical background required to capture Shakespeares innovative approach, and is a major contribution to the history of European theatre practice and theory. All of Roziks earlier publications on theatre practice and theory engage with Shakespeares play-scripts by example and these insights are re-integrated herein. The result is a new and challenging concept of Shakespeares contribution to the art of theatre, and to a viewpoint of the Bard as an unprecedented experimental playwright and innovator in all that concerns the mastery of theatre art and, especially, the expansion of its means of expression.
The central concern of this study is not the experimentation by modernist and postmodernist directors in producing Shakespeares play-scripts for diachronic audiences, but with the exploration, experimentation and innovation embodied in the Bards practice itself, as reflected in the wide artistic and historical range of the play-scripts. Drama and theatre scholarship, with its concomitant comprehensive method of analysis, is indispensable in revealing the nature of the Bards playwrighting, his historical explorations and theatrical innovations. Roziks earlier works on the nature of theatre, fictional creativity and origin, best place him to interpret Shakespeares works against their synchronic theoretical background in the light that experimentation lay at the heart of Shakespeares creativity.
Publisher: Sussex Academic Press ISBN: 9781845198275 Number of pages: 300 Weight: 612 g Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 23 mm
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