For twenty years it has been hailed as not only the most reliable but the liveliest and most entertaining overview of Shakespearean theater available to students. Cambridge University PressJan 23, — Drama — pages. The later boy companies. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Looking for beautiful books? Cambridge University PressMar 26, — Drama.
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Shelves: comps , middle-ages-renaissance , nonfiction A well-thought out, organized, and written introduction to all the practical bits of Shakespearean theater. I will certainly be returning to this to jog my memory and serve as a jumping-off point for any scholarly writing I do on early modern drama. May 15, Matt rated it it was amazing It seems to me that the phrase "casual brilliance" is a bit of a misnomer.
After all, we now know that mastery takes roughly 10, hours of repetition to achieve, and that nothing is casual that is laborious. It is profound. It is brilliant. It is trenchant. It is funny.
And yes, it is casual. It is not only that this book contains a behemoth amount of important information; it contains a standard against which all scholarship should try and likely fail to measure itself.
I cannot find adequate praise for the beauty of this book. The Shakespearean Stage may be a work of scholarship, but it reads like a thoughtful, beautiful story. Gurr makes the topic of Renaissance playhouses and audiences a more tangible topic.
My only complaint is that he has a tendency to spiral a bit too far down the Shakespearean Stage rabbit hole. Pedantic during the chapter devoted to company politics and period economics, but re-captures interest when he discusses stage practices and print culture. This study makes for an excellent companion to plays like Thorough, insightful, and an entertaining dive into an important period for English theatre.
This study makes for an excellent companion to plays like The Knight of the Burning Pestle and The Spanish Tragedy, along with most other plays from the time period.
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