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DREAM IN SHAKESPEARE: FROM METAPHOR TO METAMORPHOSIS

Author: GARBER, MARJORIE
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Dream is a central image for Shakespeare, encompassing at once the terrors of the irrational and the creative powers of the imagination--one's deepest fears and highest aspirations. Used in the early plays as a verbal or structural device, dream becomes, in the tragedies and late romances, a transforming experience which leads the dreamer toward a moment of self-awareness. In this illuminating study, now reissued with a new preface by the author, Marjorie Garber skillfully charts the development of Shakespeare's use of dream from the opening lines of Richard III to the magic of A Midsummer Night's Dream to Hamlet's most famous soliloquy. Drawing on the works of Freud and other psychologists, but basing its argument on the language and dramatic structure of the plays themselves, Dream in Shakespeare presents a coherent and innovative reading of the plays and their developing concept of dream.
EDO KABUKI IN TRANSITION: FROM THE WORLDS OF THE SAMURAI TO THE VENGEFUL FEMALE GHOST

EDO KABUKI IN TRANSITION: FROM THE WORLDS OF THE SAMURAI TO THE VENGEFUL FEMALE GHOST

Author: SHIMAZAKI, SATOKO
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Satoko Shimazaki revisits three centuries of kabuki theater, reframing it as a key player in the formation of an early modern urban identity in Edo Japan and exploring the process that resulted in its re-creation in Tokyo as a national theatrical tradition. Challenging the prevailing understanding of early modern kabuki as a subversive entertainment and a threat to shogunal authority, Shimazaki argues that kabuki instilled a sense of shared history in the inhabitants of Edo (present-day Tokyo) by invoking "worlds," or sekai, derived from earlier military tales, and overlaying them onto the present. She then analyzes the profound changes that took place in Edo kabuki toward the end of the early modern period, which witnessed the rise of a new type of character: the vengeful female ghost.

Shimazaki's bold reinterpretation of the history of kabuki centers on the popular ghost play Tokaido Yotsuya kaidan (The Eastern Seaboard Highway Ghost Stories at Yotsuya, 1825) by Tsuruya Nanboku IV. Drawing not only on kabuki scripts but also on a wide range of other sources, from theatrical ephemera and popular fiction to medical and religious texts, she sheds light on the development of the ubiquitous trope of the vengeful female ghost and its illumination of new themes at a time when the samurai world was losing its relevance. She explores in detail the process by which nineteenth-century playwrights began dismantling the Edo tradition of "presenting the past" by abandoning their long-standing reliance on the sekai. She then reveals how, in the 1920s, a new generation of kabuki playwrights, critics, and scholars reinvented the form again, "textualizing" kabuki so that it could be pressed into service as a guarantor of national identity.

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EIGHT TRAGEDIES OF SHAKESPEARE: NEW EDITION

Author: KIERNAN, VICTOR
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Shakespeare's era, dominated by social and economic upheavals, also saw an increase in tragic drama. The playwright's famous eight tragedies, Kiernan argues, represent the artistic expression of a new social and political consciousness that permeated every aspect of life. Eight Tragedies of Shakespeare provides an in-depth analysis of each tragedy, examining recurring themes in a historical context and exploring attitudes at the time toward monarchy, war, religion, philosophy, and shifting gender roles. A vivid and absorbing portrait of a writer and his times, Eight Tragedies of Shakespeare is a rich resource for anyone searching for radical new insight into the life of the world's greatest dramatist.
ELOQUENT SHAKESPEARE: A Pronouncing Dictionary for the Complete Dramatic Works with Notes to Untie the Modern Tongue

ELOQUENT SHAKESPEARE: A Pronouncing Dictionary for the Complete Dramatic Works with Notes to Untie the Modern Tongue

Author: LOGAN, GARY
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An actor's deepest desire is to be understood. But when asked to pronounce such words as "chanson," "phantasime," or "quaestor," many otherwise unflappable actors can be rendered speechless. The Eloquent Shakespeare aims to untie those tongues and help anyone speak Shakespeare's language with ease. More than 17,500 entries make it the most comprehensive pronunciation guide to Shakespeare's words, from the common to the arcane. Each entry is written in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and represents standard American pronunciations, making this dictionary perfect for North American professionals or non-native speakers of American English. Renowned Shakespearean voice and text coach Gary Logan has spent years teaching Shakespeare's works to some of the best actors in the world. His book includes proper names, foreign words and phrases, as well as an extensive introduction that covers everything from how to interpret the entries to scansion dynamics. Designed especially for actors, directors, stage managers, and teachers, The Eloquent Shakespeare is a one-of-a-kind resource for performing Shakespeare's dramatic works.

EMILIA GALOTTI

Author: LESSING, GOTTHOLD
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ENDGAME & ACT WITHOUT WORDS

ENDGAME & ACT WITHOUT WORDS

Author: BECKETT, SAMUEL
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Samuel Beckett was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969; his literary output of plays, novels, stories and poetry has earned him an uncontested place as one of the greatest writers of our time. Endgame, originally written in French and translated into English by Beckett himself, is considered by many critics to be his greatest single work. A pinnacle of Beckett's characteristic raw minimalism, it is a pure and devastating distillation of the human essence in the face of approaching death.
EQUUS

EQUUS

Author: SHAFFER, PETER
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In "Equus," which took critics and public alike by storm and has gone on to become a modern classic, Peter Shaffer depicts the story of a deranged youth who blinds six horses with a spike. Through a psychiatrist's analysis of the events, Shaffer creates a chilling portrait of how materialism and convenience have killed our capacity for worship and passion and, consequently, our capacity for pain. Rarely has a playwrite created an atmosphere and situation that so harshly pinpoint the spiritual and mental decay of modern man.
EVOKING SHAKEPSEARE

EVOKING SHAKEPSEARE

Author: BROOK, PETER
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Evoking Shakespeare is the text of a talk given by Peter Brook in Berlin dealing with the essence of performing Shakespeare today. Based on the author's lifelong interest in interpreting Shakespeare's works for contemporary audiences, Brook's analysis is a typically illuminating and provocative take on our greatest playwright.
FIFTH COLUMN

FIFTH COLUMN

Author: HEMINGWAY, ERNEST
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Featuring Hemingway's only full-length play, The Fifth Column and Four Stories of the Spanish Civil War brilliantly evokes the tumultuous Spain of the 1930s. These works, which grew from Hemingway's adventures as a newspaper correspondent in and around besieged Madrid, movingly portray the effects of war on soldiers, civilians, and the correspondents sent to cover it.
GLASS MENAGERIE

GLASS MENAGERIE

Author: WILLIAMS, TENNESSEE
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Menagerie was Williams's first popular success and launched the brilliant, if somewhat controversial, career of our pre-eminent lyric playwright. Since its premiere in Chicago in 1944, with the legendary Laurette Taylor in the role of Amanda, the play has been the bravura piece for great actresses from Jessica Tandy to Joanne Woodward, and is studied and performed in classrooms and theatres around the world. The Glass Menagerie (in the reading text the author preferred) is now available only in its New Directions Paperbook edition. A new introduction by prominent Williams scholar Robert Bray, editor of The Tennessee Williams Annual Review, reappraises the play more than half a century after it won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award: More than fifty years after telling his story of a family whose lives form a triangle of quiet desperation, Williams's mellifluous voice still resonates deeply and universally. This edition of The Glass Menagerie also includes Williams's essay on the impact of sudden fame on a struggling writer, The Catastrophe of Success, as well as a short section of Williams's own Production Notes. The cover features the classic line drawing by Alvin Lustig, originally done for the 1949 New Directions edition.