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Dramatic Character in the English Romantic Age Joseph W Donohue

Dramatic Character in the English Romantic Age

Joseph W Donohue

Published March 8th 2015
ISBN : 9781400873029
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448 pages
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This was the age of the star. For the first time in the history of the theater, the playwright took second place to the actor- the interpretation of the role assumed primary importance in a assessing a performance. It was Mr. Keans Hamlet first, andMoreThis was the age of the star. For the first time in the history of the theater, the playwright took second place to the actor- the interpretation of the role assumed primary importance in a assessing a performance. It was Mr. Keans Hamlet first, and Mr. Shakespeares second.What effects did this highly subjective, interpretive emphasis have on the drama? Where did it originate and how did it evolve? These questions are considered at length in the authors analysis of the nature of Romanticism itself as revealed in essays, novels, criticism, and by the actors themselves. The Jacobean origins of this revolutionary period are reviewed, followed by a close scrutiny of the critical writing of such contemporary thinkers as Hazlitt, Coleridge, Shelley, and Keats. This entirely new concept provides an important link between the practical theater and the contemporary philosophical thought of the time.Originally published in 1970.The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.