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Shakespeare's possible worlds

Palfrey, Simon2014
Books, Manuscripts
"New methods are needed to do justice to Shakespeare. His work exceeds conventional models, past or present, for understanding playworlds. In this book, Simon Palfrey goes right to the heart of early modern popular drama, recovering both how it works and why it matters. Unlike his contemporaries, Shakespeare gives independent life to all of his instruments, and to every fraction and fragment of the plays. Palfrey terms these particles "formactions" - theatre-specific forms that move with their own action and passion. Palfrey's book is critically daring both in substance and format. It unique mix of imaginative gusto, thought-experiments, and virtuosic technique generates piercing close readings of the plays. There is far more to playlife than meets the eye. Influenced by Leibniz's visionary original model of possible worlds, this book opens up the multiple worlds of Shakespeare's language, scenes and characters as never before"--
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Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2017.
xii, 382 pages ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 364-374) and index.
Machine generated contents note: Part I: 1. Where is the life?; 2. Purposes; 3. Embryologies; 4. Shakespeare the impossible; 5. Popular theatre and possibility; 6. Shakespeare v. actor; 7. Formactions; 8. Playing to the plot; 9. Middleton; 10. Jacobean comi-tragedy; 11. Everyman tyrant; Part II: 12. The monadic playworld; 13. The truth of anachronism; 14. Possible history: Henry IV; 15. Anti-rhetoric; 16. Falstaff; 17. Scenes within scenes; 18. Strange mimesis; 19. How close should we get?; 20. Metaphysics and playworlds; 21. Pyramids of possible worlds; Part III: 22. Perdita's possible lives; 23. A life in scenes; 24. Scene as joke: Much Ado; 25. Buried lives: Macbeth; 26. The rape of Marina; 27. Life at the end of the line: Macbeth; 28. Dying for life: Desdemona; Epilogue: life on the line.
9781107649255 (paperback)
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