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- DescriptionIn Shakespeare's Dramatic Persons, Travis Curtright examines the influence of the classical rhetorical tradition on early modern theories of acting in a careful study of and selection from Shakespeare's most famous characters and successful plays. Curtright demonstrates that personation -the early modern term for playing a role-is a rhetorical acting style that could provide audiences with lifelike characters and action, including the theatrical illusion that dramatic persons possess interiority or inwardness. Shakespeare's Dramatic Persons focuses on major characters such as Richard III, Katherina, Benedick, and Iago and ranges from Shakespeare's early to late work, exploring particular rhetorical forms and how they function in five different plays. At the end of this study, Curtright envisions how Richard Burbage, Shakespeare's best actor, might have employed the theatrical convention of directly addressing audience members. Though personation clearly differs from the realism aspired to in modern approaches to the stage, Curtright reveals how Shakespeare's sophisticated use and development of persuasion's arts would have provided early modern actors with their own means and sense of performing lifelike dramatic persons.
- Author BiographyTravis Curtright is associate professor of humanities and literature at Ave Maria University, where he directs the minor of studies in Shakespeare in Performance. He is the author of The One Thomas More and coeditor of Shakespeare's Last Plays: Readings in Literature and Politics.
- Author(s)Travis Curtright
- PublisherFairleigh Dickinson University Press
- Date of Publication05/12/2016
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleShakespeare and the Stage
- Place of PublicationCranbury
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintFairleigh Dickinson University Press
- Weight472 g
- Width158 mm
- Height239 mm
- Spine19 mm
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