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Stage, stake, and scaffold

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The powerful exchanges between stage, stake, and scaffold - the theatre, the bear garden and the spectacle of public execution - crucially informed Shakespeare's explorations into the construction and workings of 'the human'. The theatre's family resemblance to animal baiting and the spectacle of punishment, its sharing of the same basic type of performance space - a theatre-in-the-round, a scaffold, stake or platform surrounded by spectators - bred an ever-ready potential for a transfer of images and meanings. The staging of one of these kinds of performance is always framed by an awareness of the other two, whose presence is never quite erased and often, indeed, emphatically foregrounded. Situating Shakespearean drama within its material environment, Andreas Hofele explores how this spill-over affects the way Shakespeare models his human characters and his understanding of 'human character' in general. His dramatis personae are infused with a degree of animality that a later, more specifically Cartesian, anthropology would categorically efface. Readings based on such an anthropology tend to reduce Shakespeare's teeming multitude of animal references to a stable marker of moral, social, and ontological difference, 'beast' being everything 'man' is not or ought not to be. In contrast, Hfele argues that Shakespearean notions of humanity rely just as much on inclusion as on exclusion of the animal. Humans and animals face each other across the species divide, but the divide proves highly permeable.

This copy has tiny signs of wear on the dustjacket otherwise it's in very good condition. It is inscribed in the title page "To Graham with very best wishes Andreas March VII 2011"

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Author(s):
Andreas Hofele
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
22 x 15 x 3 cm Approx
Edition:
c 2011
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0199567646
ISBN-13:
9780199567645
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Title:
Stage, stake, and scaffold - Humans & Animals in Shakespeare's Theatre

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The powerful exchanges between stage, stake, and scaffold - the theatre, the bear garden and the spectacle of public execution - crucially informed Shakespeare's explorations into the construction and workings of 'the human'. The theatre's family resemblance to animal baiting and the spectacle of punishment, its sharing of the same basic type of performance space - a theatre-in-the-round, a scaffold, stake or platform surrounded by spectators - bred an ever-ready potential for a transfer of images and meanings. The staging of one of these kinds of performance is always framed by an awareness of the other two, whose presence is never quite erased and often, indeed, emphatically foregrounded. Situating Shakespearean drama within its material environment, Andreas Hofele explores how this spill-over affects the way Shakespeare models his human characters and his understanding of 'human character' in general. His dramatis personae are infused with a degree of animality that a later, more specifically Cartesian, anthropology would categorically efface. Readings based on such an anthropology tend to reduce Shakespeare's teeming multitude of animal references to a stable marker of moral, social, and ontological difference, 'beast' being everything 'man' is not or ought not to be. In contrast, Hfele argues that Shakespearean notions of humanity rely just as much on inclusion as on exclusion of the animal. Humans and animals face each other across the species divide, but the divide proves highly permeable.

This copy has tiny signs of wear on the dustjacket otherwise it's in very good condition. It is inscribed in the title page "To Graham with very best wishes Andreas March VII 2011"

Author(s):
Andreas Hofele
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
22 x 15 x 3 cm Approx
Edition:
c 2011
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0199567646
ISBN-13:
9780199567645
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Title:
Stage, stake, and scaffold - Humans & Animals in Shakespeare's Theatre

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