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Book Announcement: Theatre and Relationships in
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0527  Friday, 5 September 2008

From:       Bieri Christian <
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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.

The Author:
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 
Anthropological Institute.

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