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Introduction

Mark Thornton Burnett, Adrian Streete and Ramona Wray

in The Edinburgh Companion to Shakespeare and the Arts

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780748635238
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652297 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635238.003.0001
Introduction

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This book looks into the past, and in its recovery of the conditions that enabled Shakespeare's art and it traverses subsequent centuries. It is divided into six thematic sections designed to open up the differing but complementary dimensions of its subject. The first section takes the book — the First Folio — and looks at its point of departure. The second section is concerned with the role played by music in Shakespearean performances. The third section explores the art that is the theatre, attending to what might be thought of as the Bard's most naturalized habitus. The next section deals with ‘youth’ as an actual and potential audience for Shakespeare. The fifth section covers the material product and visual representation of the Bard in the arts. The last section reports the Shakespeare and media equation from complementary generic and temporal perspectives. Finally, an overview of the chapters included in this book is given.

Keywords: Shakespeare; art; music; Shakespearean performances; theatre; Bard; youth; material product; visual representation; media

Chapter.  4594 words. 

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism

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