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The Staging of Romance in Late Shakespeare Text and Theatrical Technique
978-1-61149-311-5 • Hardback
April 2007 • $85.00 • (£51.95)
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Pages: 304
Size: 6 3/4 x 9 3/4
By Christopher J. Cobb
Literary Criticism | Reference
University Press Copublishing Division | University of Delaware
This book examines Shakespeare's response in his late plays to the challenge of making romance stories believable through theatrical representation and the kind of experience the late plays in performance seek to create for their spectators. Taking The Winter's Tale as a case study, the book's central chapters demonstrate how Shakespeare tests and transforms the techniques to create the sweeping, restorative transformations of individuals and communities that are central to both earlier dramatic romances and Shakespeare's own romance experiments. The book's three other chapters address the methodologies for study of spectator's experience through a dramatic text, the history of dramatic romance to 1610, and Shakespeare's further experiments with the staging of romance after The Winter's Tale.
Christopher J. Cobb is assistant professor of English at Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana.