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Actors and the body: Meta-theatrical rhetoric in Shakespeare

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Abstract:

The ways in which the performing of gesture is inscribed into the very texts of Shakespeare’s plays constitutes a “meta-theatrical” and “meta-gestural” discourse which this article analyses with reference to Hamlet, Othello, The Winter’s Tale and Twelfth Night. Shakespeare is shown to be a “gestural writer”, well versed in the rhetorical tradition and sensitive to the subtleties of body language within and without the world of stage.

Keywords: acting; emotions; facial expression; gesture; metalanguage; performance; theatre

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/gest.6.2.08ast

Publication date: January 1, 2006

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