n Shakespeare in Southern Africa - Shakespeare's Theory of Drama, Pauline Kiernan : book review
|Article Title||Shakespeare's Theory of Drama, Pauline Kiernan : book review|
|© Publisher:||Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA)|
|Journal||Shakespeare in Southern Africa|
|Publication Date||Jan 2004|
|Pages||84 - 86|
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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