The Hand on the Shakespearean Stage: Gesture, Touch and the Spectacle of Dismemberment (Hardcover)

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This ground-breaking new book uncovers the way Shakespeare draws upon the available literature and visual representations of the hand to inform his drama.

Providing an analysis of gesture, touch, skill and dismemberment in a range of Shakespeare's works, it shows how the hand was perceived in Shakespeare's time as an indicator of human agency, emotion, social and personal identity. It demonstrates how the hand and its activities are described and embedded in Shakespeare's texts and about its role on the Shakespearean stage: as part of the actor's body, in the language as metaphor, and as a morbid stage-prop. Understanding the cultural signifiers that lie behind the early modern understanding of the hand and gesture, opens up new and sometimes disturbing ways of reading and seeing Shakespeare's plays.

About the Author


Farah Karim-Cooper is Head of Higher Education & Research, Globe Education (Shakespeare's Globe) and Visiting Research Fellow, King's College London, UK.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781474234276
ISBN-10: 1474234275
Publisher: Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare
Publication Date: April 21st, 2016
Pages: 328
Language: English