By Alan C. Dessen

Alan Dessen samples approximately 400 manuscripts and revealed performs to list the unique staging conventions of the age of Shakespeare. After learning the level houses, events and configurations implicit in recurrent words and degree instructions, he concludes that Elizabethan spectators, much less excited by realism than later generations, have been used to receiving a type of theatrical shorthand transmitted via the actors from the playwright. Professor Dessen either describes this shorthand (e.g. using nightgowns, boots and baggy hair) and attracts recognition to the consequences of his findings for contemporary interpreters, addressing not just critics and academics but additionally editors, actors and administrators.

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