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Shakespearean Illuminations. Essays in Honor of Marvin Rosenberg

Shakespearean Illuminations. Essays in Honor of Marvin Rosenberg 74 English Language Notes BOOK REVIEW Jay L. Elalio and Hugh Richmond, eds. Shakespearean Illumina­ tions. Essays in Honor of Marvin Rosenberg. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1998. This collection is divided into three sections: the major trag­ edies; language, politics, and history; and a theatrical miscel­ lany on actors, directing, and staging. The editors explain that each of the twenty-one essays contributes to our understanding of Shakespeare in the theatre, which is the main concern of Marvin Rosenberg’s life work. In selecting the essays the editors have not been satisfied with a narrow definition of the plays in the theatre, but offer us work which closes the too often artifi­ cially imposed gap between the study and the world of the stage. Shakespeare’s theatre is illuminated from a variety of perspec­ tives: textual, theoretical, historical, cultural, linguistic, close reading, and performance. Ellen J. O’Brien’s essay on the construction of Shakespearean character develops a distinction between the close reading of characters and theatrical character in performance, and points to the multiple potentialities for the actor on stage. Tom Clayton and Philip C. McGuire offer close readings for staging difficult scenes in Macbeth (4.3.216 “He has no children”) and Othello http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png English Language Notes Duke University Press

Shakespearean Illuminations. Essays in Honor of Marvin Rosenberg

English Language Notes , Volume 41 (3) – Mar 1, 2004

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Copyright © 2004 Regents of the University of Colorado
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0013-8282
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2573-3575
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10.1215/00138282-41.3.74
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74 English Language Notes BOOK REVIEW Jay L. Elalio and Hugh Richmond, eds. Shakespearean Illumina­ tions. Essays in Honor of Marvin Rosenberg. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1998. This collection is divided into three sections: the major trag­ edies; language, politics, and history; and a theatrical miscel­ lany on actors, directing, and staging. The editors explain that each of the twenty-one essays contributes to our understanding of Shakespeare in the theatre, which is the main concern of Marvin Rosenberg’s life work. In selecting the essays the editors have not been satisfied with a narrow definition of the plays in the theatre, but offer us work which closes the too often artifi­ cially imposed gap between the study and the world of the stage. Shakespeare’s theatre is illuminated from a variety of perspec­ tives: textual, theoretical, historical, cultural, linguistic, close reading, and performance. Ellen J. O’Brien’s essay on the construction of Shakespearean character develops a distinction between the close reading of characters and theatrical character in performance, and points to the multiple potentialities for the actor on stage. Tom Clayton and Philip C. McGuire offer close readings for staging difficult scenes in Macbeth (4.3.216 “He has no children”) and Othello

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