Shakespeare: The Two Traditions
The two traditions -- Shakespeare on stage and Shakespeare on film -- have experienced a midair collision with postmodernism. The purpose of Shakespeare is to examine recent productions of Shakespeare on stage and film and to lay out some interpretive guidelines for responding to the scripts as re-created in these two very different formats and within the conflicted environment of shifting critical paradigms. Illustrated.
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Page 117 - I have heard That guilty creatures, sitting at a play, Have by the very cunning of the scene Been struck so to the soul that presently They have proclaim'd their malefactions; For murder, though it have no tongue, will speak With most miraculous organ.
Page 19 - No, no, no life! Why should a dog, a horse, a rat, have life, And thou no breath at all? Thou'lt come no more, Never, never, never, never, never!
Page 222 - Fie, my lord, fie! a soldier, and afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account? Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him? DoCT. Do you mark that? LADY M. The thane of Fife had a wife; where is she now? What, will these hands ne'er be clean? No more o' that, my lord, no more o' that: you mar all with this starting.
Page 166 - Audiences know what to expect and that is all they are prepared to believe in
Page 99 - What these elements are in themselves it skilleth not; it is enough, that to me which take them they are the body and blood of Christ; his promise in witness hereof sufficeth; his word he knoweth which way to accomplish; why should any cogitation possess the mind of a faithful communicant but this ? O my God, thou art true; O my soul, thou art happy!
Page 100 - Cut off even in the blossoms of my sin, Unhousel'd, disappointed, unanel'd, No reckoning made, but sent to my account With all my imperfections on my head: O, horrible!
Page 37 - I believe that the motion picture is destined to revolutionize our educational system and that in a few years it will supplant largely, if not entirely, the use of textbooks.