Shakespeare Biographies and Criticism
Actors Talk About Shakespeare
Paperback ISBN: 0879103647
Bravo, Shakespeare. Even today, his plays challenge celebrated actors to hone their skills and electrify audiences. Imagine the process actors undergo to recreate these spellbinding roles on stage. In an interview with the author, Kevin Kline declared that playing Shakespeare "uses a different muscle group in your head." Actors Talk About Shakespeare features personal interviews with a stellar collection of prominent American, Canadian, and British performers of Shakespeare onstage, including Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jacobi, Stacy Keach, Zoe Caldwell, Martha Henry, William Hutt, Tony Church, Nicholas Pennell, and Geoff Hutchings. In conversations equivalent to a magician telling his secrets, Mary Z. Maher uncovers the actors' process. The book speaks to theater patrons, to actors both novice and experienced, and to educators who teach Shakespeare. Each chapter profiles a career in context, using the actor's words along with supporting research material. The result is a treasury of talents, tactics, and tales from veteran performers who return often to Shakespeare from careers in film and television.
3rd Edition Paperback ISBN: 1903436591
In this edition, R.A. Foakes brings to bear a number of historical perspectives and critically addresses recent explorations of "King Lear" as a play of redemption, a play of despair and a play that destabilises all commentary.
The Art of Almost Raising the Dead
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0820704164
Shakespeare is often assumed to be the most secular of Renaissance playwrights. Yet the practical religion of the day permeates his plays. Benson (English, Malone College) examines the images of resurrection used by Shakespeare in both the comedies and tragedies. While there are no real returns from the dead in the plays, the imagery of resurrection is often used and the return of those thought dead is a common trope, especially in the comedies. Even the deaths of characters such as Romeo and Juliet, Desdemona and Hamlet are laced with images of the Christian Resurrection. Benson also looks at the ways in which Shakespeare uses a horror of resurrection in his pagan characters to contrast the positive response in Christianity. While in no way assuming that Shakespeare was proselytizing, Benson suggests that ignoring the images of resurrection and religion in the plays leaves out an important factor in the intent of the author. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Shakespeare's Most Outrageous Sexual Puns
Paperback ISBN: 1592404014
A collection of bawdy extracts from the Bard's best-known works is a treasury of double entendres, erotic puns, and whimsical wordplays, from Falstaff's deathbed exploits to Hamlet's plea for Ophelia's gratification, in a lighthearted scholarly survey that places key examples in a historical context. Reprint.