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Elizabethan Stage Conventions and Modern Interpreters

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Alan Dessen reconstructs the stage in the Elizabethan era from scrutinising four hundred manuscripts.

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  • Elizabethan Stage Conventions and Modern Interpreters (Cambridge University Press) – Trade paperback (2004)
    by Alan C Dessen

    Elizabethan Stage Conventions and Modern Interpreters

    Trade paperback, Cambridge University Press
    2004
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    204 pages

    ISBN: 0521311616
    ISBN-13: 9780521311618

    Alan Dessen samples about four hundred manuscripts and printed plays to record the original staging conventions of the age of Shakespeare. After studying the stage properties, movements and configurations implicit in recurrent phrases and stage directions, he concludes that Elizabethan spectators, less concerned with realism than later generations, were used to receiving a kind of theatrical shorthand transmitted by the actors from the playwright. Professor Dessen both describes this shorthand (e.g. the use of nightgowns, ... Show more

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