Shakespearean Characterization

Shakespearean Characterization

A Guide for Actors and Students

Book - 2002
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Shakespeare's plays were written some four hundred years ago, and while his characters are enduring, they are also alien. In grappling with the text of his plays, the modern actor must bring Shakespeare's Renaissance characters to life for a modern audience. This reference is a convenient and practical guide for actors faced with the task of playing Shakespeare's characters. Throughout, the emphasis is on how to translate Shakespeare's words into action on the stage.

Greenwood Pub Group
Provides practical advice for the modern actor on how to portray Shakespeare's characters.

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Across the gap between the conventions of Shakespeare's theater and the acting strategies that dominate theater as it is practiced as the dawn of the 21st century, O'Dell (theatre and English, Wilfrid Laurier U.) seeks to cast a bridge of insight she has drawn from scholarship on both literature and drama. Rather than take each character in turn a tedious and potentially repetitious task she discusses aspects that can be applied broadly. Among them are the conditions of rehearsal and performance, a character's language, and the fallacy of universality. She is the text consultant for the Ontario Stratford Festival in Canada. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2002
ISBN: 9780313311444
Branch Call Number: 792.95 SHAKE ODELL
Characteristics: xiv, 294 pages ; 24 cm


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