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Play structure; prologues, & epilogues
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2160  Tuesday, 11 November 2003

From:           Marcus Dahl <
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Date:           Monday, 10 Nov 2003 14:25:49 -0000
Subject: 14.2151 Play structure; prologues, & epilogues
Comment:        RE: SHK 14.2151 Play structure; prologues, & epilogues

Most famous book on this kind of thing is:

T. W. Baldwin - Shakspere's [sic] Five-Act Structure, 2nd edn (Urbana:
University of Illinois Press, 1963).

Not sure that he's all right but it's a good place to start thinking
about Shakespeare's intentions of a formalistic nature.

Another little known book well worth a look is:

W. T. Jewkes, Act Division in Elizabethan and Jacobean Plays 1583-1616
(Connecticut: Shoe String Press, 1958).

I am sure there are many others which deal more directly with Prologues
and Epilogues.

Our modern view of play structure is perhaps in many ways a
falsification of Shakespearean (or Early Modern) intent / understanding.

Cheers,
Marcus D

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