The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0527 Friday, 5 September 2008
Date: Wednesday, 3 Sep 2008 15:37:46 +0200
Subject: New Publication: Theatre and Relationships in Shakespeare's Later Plays
PETER LANG - International Academic Publishers are pleased to announce a new
book by Roger Grainger
Theatre and Relationships in Shakespeare's Later Plays
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2008. 151 pp.
ISBN 978-3-03911-125-1 pb.
Shakespeare's plays present the dynamics of personal relationships in a way that
is direct and unambiguous, and with unparalleled forcefulness. This book
concentrates on three of Shakespeare's last plays, "King Lear", "Pericles" and
"The Tempest", allowing them to demonstrate the underlying dynamic of theatre as
it is embodied within the work of a master craftsman. The three plays are widely
dissimilar from one another at the surface level, yet they all concentrate on a
particular relationship - that between fathers and daughters - working outwards
from the centre of human experience and using the fundamental relational
paradigm as it is enshrined in theatre, especially Shakespeare's. As a
professional actor as well as an academic, the author combines an actor's
understanding with psychodynamics and literary criticism.
Three Scenarios - Theatre and Relationship - Space for Meeting - Catharsis and
Sharing - Dramatic Irony - The Perilous Journey - Fathers and Daughters -
Theatre and Spirituality - Ghastly Mirth - Ritual and Existential Change.
Roger Grainger has a Ph.D. for his research into therapeutic drama at Leeds
Metropolitan University, and has written several books on the subject. After
leaving RADA, he was a member of Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop, and later
on, the Old Vic Company. He is Professor Extraordinary at Northwest University,
South Africa, and Research Fellow in Psychology and Therapeutic Studies at
Roehampton University. Having worked in the mental health field for more that
thirty years, he combines his academic and theatrical work with his
psychotherapeutic practice as a Senior Practitioner of the British Psychological
Society. He is an Associate Fellow of the BPS, and Fellow of the Royal
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