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How to Read Shakespeare

Maurice Charney

How to Read Shakespeare offers an approach to Shakespeare through reading and seeing his plays. The assumption is that Shakespeare's plays are fully comprehensible to modern readers and theater-goers and that they can be thoroughly enjoyed. The author approaches the plays creatively without the barriers of academic study. Some of the specific topics studied are Dramatic Conventions, The Poetry of the Theater, Shakespeare's Characters, Structure and Dramatic Scene, The Presented Text, and The World of the Play: Theatrical Significances. How to Read Shakespeare encourages readers to develop their «histrionic imagination.»
Contents: The book offers a creative, theater-oriented approach to Shakespeare that puts strong emphasis on staging, character, and language. It assumes that Shakespeare's plays are not difficult to understand or esoteric, and it discusses many examples of Shakespeare's theatrical art. The orientation throughout is practical and self-teaching.