Shakespeare's Visual Theatre: Staging the Personified Characters

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Cambridge University Press, 25. sept 2003 - 358 pages
In this study of Shakespeare's visual culture Frederick Kiefer looks at the personified characters created by Shakespeare in his plays, his walking, talking abstractions. These include Rumour in 2 Henry IV, Time in The Winter's Tale, Spring and Winter in Love's Labour's Lost, Revenge in Titus Andronicus, and the deities in the late plays. The book seeks to reconstruct the appearance of Shakespeare's personified characters; to explain the symbolism of their costumes and props; and to assess the significance of these symbolic characters for the plays in which they appear.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Spring and Winter in Loves Labours Lost
27
Revenge Murder and Rape in Titus Andronicus
43
Rumour in 2 Henry IV
65
Hecate and the witches in Macbeth
103
The Five Senses in Timon of Athens
130
Time and the deities in the late plays
148
Conclusion
217
Notes
223
Select bibliography
307
Index
342
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About the author (2003)

Frederick Kiefer is Professor of English at the University of Arizona, Tucson. He is the author of Fortune and Elizabethan Tragedy (1983) and Writing on the Renaissance Stage: Written Words, Printed Pages, Metaphoric Books (1996).

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