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Imagining Shakespeare

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  16 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
In this beautifully illustrated book, one of the foremost Shakespeareans of our time explores the ways in which Shakespeare has been imagined from his time to ours. In a penetrating series of interpretations, Stephen Orgel explores the ironies and paradoxes that have characterized the reconstruction of Shakespeare's texts, his image, the staging and illustration of his ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published August 6th 2003 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published June 12th 2003)
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Joshua
Sep 17, 2016 Joshua rated it really liked it
Shelves: about-literature
A high level examination of some of Shakespeare' specific plays and even elements of plays. It all revolves around a very high concept question of what really is Shakespeare; though his works are canon and seemingly immutable, they are and have always been eminently mutable from performance to performance by Shakespeare and his company and from era to era of English and global history where plays continue to be shaped by publishers, actors, critics, and audiences. Pretty deep stuff that I would ...more
Philip
Feb 26, 2011 Philip rated it liked it
Shelves: reference
This is part of my Shakespeare reference collection, which includes:

A Companion to Shakespeare
Asimov's Guide to Shakespeare
Essential Shakespeare Handbook
Imagining Shakespeare
Northrop Frye on Shakespeare
Shakespeare After All
Shakespeare: An Oxford Guide
Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human
The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare
The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare

For the plays I’ve read, I’ve also read the relevant sections in these reference books. When I pick up the next play in my Shakespeare re
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Annie
Jun 01, 2016 Annie rated it really liked it
This is my first serious foray into Shakespearean discussion and criticism (which, considering this is sort of a conversational, table-top book, isn't that impressive), and I have to say, I don't recall exactly what I expected, but this definitely wasn't it. This book took me some pretty unexpected places (Italian Renaissance erotic art, anyone?), and I loved every second of it. It was a lot of fun, and I enjoyed myself immensely. Coming away from the book, I feel as though I have a better sense ...more
John Jr.
A concise, stimulating reminder that the meaning of "Shakespeare," even what we think he looked like, has varied over time. This idea is more or less a consequence of the historicism that arose in the 19th century, hence it's not original with Orgel, but his demonstration ranges across textual history, portraiture, and the history of performance and design. The book's illustrations, even in the black-and-white versions of my advance uncorrected proofs, are rewarding in themselves.
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