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Re: Literary vs. Theatrical Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.2348  Monday, 18 December 2000

[1]     From:   Sean Lawrence <
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        Date:   Friday, 15 Dec 2000 08:11:13 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.2343 Re: Literary vs. Theatrical Shakespeare

[2]     From:   Stephanie Hughes <
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        Date:   Friday, 15 Dec 2000 09:24:35 +0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.2343 Re: Literary vs. Theatrical Shakespeare


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From:           Sean Lawrence <
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Date:           Friday, 15 Dec 2000 08:11:13 -0800
Subject: 11.2343 Re: Literary vs. Theatrical Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.2343 Re: Literary vs. Theatrical Shakespeare

David Lindley writes:

>Incidentally, I've always thought this 'stage versus page' controversy
>tends to be rather unproductive.  At least from 1623 Shakespeare was and
>is available as 'literature' as well as a 'script for performance' - and
>for two centuries the gap between the two was, for most of the plays,
>extreme.

I'm inclined to agree, but wonder whether the 'script for performance'
should also be understood, if not as literature, then at least as text.
The actor may give the script life, but even he or she first encounters
the script as a text to be read.

Cheers,
Se

 

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