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Sillars, Stuart, 1951-
Shakespeare, time and the Victorians : a pictorial exploration / Stuart Sillars
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c2012
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 4th Floor  PR2969 .S55 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Criticism and interpretation -- History -- 19th century
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Influence
Subject(s) Time in literature
Physical Description xxiii, 360 p., [16] p. of col. plates : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 344-350) and index
Contents 1. History, theatre and Shakespeare -- 2. Dress, attribute and image -- 3. Pre-Raphaelite meridian -- 4. Charles Kean, staging and time -- 5. Memorialising performance -- 6. Ars et Veritas -- 7. Fragmentation, excision and dispersal -- 8. Painting beyond Pre-Raphaelitism -- 9. Later stagings and the debate with painting -- 10. Encounters and memories
Summary "Time and the visual sense were two essential preoccupations of the Victorians, and both were central to their presentations of Shakespeare's plays. In this extensive new study, Stuart Sillars examines multiple facets of this complex relationship. The desire for authenticity in production, in the work of Charles Kean and his followers, leads to elaborate sets that define and direct the performances' movement through time. Visual artists of all kinds fracture and extend the plays' movements, the Pre-Raphaelites through new techniques and approaches, illustrators through new forms of engraving and printing, and photographers through the emerging forms of the medium. The book also considers the multiple forms in which performances were recorded and re-created visually, and absorbed into the memories of their viewers. With many previously unpublished images, it draws together multiple fields to offer a new perspective on one of the most productive and various periods of Shakespeare activity"-- Provided by publisher

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