Literature

Shakespeare and the Props Department

An Elizabethan acting company performed on a stage which, though colourful, would look very bare to us, but the props became all the more noticeable when they were minimal, and Shakespeare imbued them with significance: they have symbolic potential and are punctuation marks in the narrative. We can see to the core of his dramatic practice through his use of, for example, rings, letters, coins, jewels, furniture, and items such as thrones, trees and tombs. The occasional severed head was useful, too. In this course, with many illustrative extracts on DVD, we will look at what he asked for and how he deployed it.

Basic familiarity with the better-known plays will be assumed

Teaching Style: Discussion

Tutor: Hugh Parry

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