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Shakespearean Language: A Guide for Actors and Students (Hardback)
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Shakespearean Language: A Guide for Actors and Students (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 30/10/2001
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Shakespeare was a master of language, his sayings have become part of everyday speech, and his plays endure, in part, because of the beauty of his verse. Shakespeare's language, however, poses special difficulties for modern actors because many of his words seem unusual or difficult to pronounce, he employs rhetorical devices throughout his works, and he carefully uses rhythm to convey sense. The relation of the modern actor to the Shakespearean text, the importance of understanding the nuances of his language, and the fundamentals of grammar are all thoroughly examined in this volume. Its heart is a detailed consideration of the iambic code, the metrical system that Shakespeare used to give so much power to his verse. O'Dell also examines the importance of formal rhetoric in Elizabethan England and Shakespeare's artful use of rhetorical devices in his plays. As a practical reference guide, this volume keeps in mind the particular needs of theater professionals.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780313311451
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 591 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm


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"This book makes a nice break from traditional encyclopedic, bibliographic, or dictionary volumes targeted to Shakespeare. Shakespearean Language includes these features of traditional Shakespearean reference tools, but it specifically targets the impact of the spoken word and how it can be utilized on the stage. O'Dell's emphasis in getting modern actors to understand how Shakespeare's actors would have approached the work is successfully demonstrated throughout the volume by utilizing examples from a variety of Shakespeare's works."-Reference & User Services Quarterly
"Recommended for public and academic libraries serving people interested in better understanding Shakespeare's plays as audience member, student, or player."-Library Journal
?Recommended for public and academic libraries serving people interested in better understanding Shakespeare's plays as audience member, student, or player.?-Library Journal
?This book makes a nice break from traditional encyclopedic, bibliographic, or dictionary volumes targeted to Shakespeare. Shakespearean Language includes these features of traditional Shakespearean reference tools, but it specifically targets the impact of the spoken word and how it can be utilized on the stage. O'Dell's emphasis in getting modern actors to understand how Shakespeare's actors would have approached the work is successfully demonstrated throughout the volume by utilizing examples from a variety of Shakespeare's works.?-Reference & User Services Quarterly

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