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Weimann's "locus" and "platea"
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1529  Tuesday, 29 July 2003

From:           Kathy Dent <
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Date:           Monday, 28 Jul 2003 12:29:53 +0100
Subject:        Weimann's "locus" and "platea"

I have read with interest Robert Weimann's ideas about 'locus' and
'platea' on the Renaissance stage (in his 1978 book _Shakespeare and the
Popular Tradition_) and would like to pick up recent discussions of this
argument.  Michael Bristol in _Carnival and Theater_ (1985) disputes
some of Weimann's conclusions and I'm wondering whether anything has
been published more recently engaging with this debate.  I am especially
interested in Weimann's theory about the use of stage space (he refers
to actors moving downstage for platea-type speech).  I realise that
Weimann further explores some of this stuff in his more recent book
_Author's Pen and Actor's Voice_, but am also looking for dissenting
voices, if possible.  Any suggestions would be most gratefully received.

Thanks,
Kathy Dent

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