n Shakespeare in Southern Africa - Shakespeare's Theory of Drama, Pauline Kiernan : book review

Volume 16, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-582X



Extracted from text ... PAULINE KIERNAN. Shakespeare's Theory of Drama. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996. 218 pp. Reviewed by REBECCA FENSOME Kiernan's central thesis is that Shakespeare's plays and poetry embody a coherent, consistent theory of drama. It is proposed that this theory rejects mimetic art, consciously drawing attention to its own artificiality. Shakespeare's presentation on the stage of the living body of an actor (and in poetry, references to the breathing, moving body) enable his art to "incorporate temporality and change" (10), to live itself, in contrast to mimetic art which is trapped in stasis after having tried minutely to capture the ..

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