The Resource Shakespeare and the dance, Alan Brissenden

Shakespeare and the dance, Alan Brissenden

Label
Shakespeare and the dance
Title
Shakespeare and the dance
Statement of responsibility
Alan Brissenden
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Dancing was an essential part of life in Shakespeare's England. Town and country folk danced at weddings, Maydays and other festivities. Queen Elizabeth prided herself on her skill (and danced galliards in the morning to keep fit), and dancing was the soul of the extravagant masques which so delighted King James. Puritans might furiously denounce it but it was part of the ceremonial of the Inns of Court and a necessary accomplishment for a gentleman. At the same time, as Alan Brissenden shows in this book, the dance was an accepted symbol of harmony, and it was in this way that Shakespeare used it to express one of his major themes: the attempt to achieve order in a discordant world. He included it in at least a dozen of his plays and referred to it in thirty. A valuable source for his imagery, it also illuminates character and action and in some plays helps to forward the plot. In the history plays allusions to country dance, (especially the morris, and court dances like the lavolta) support ideas of conflict and the presentation of characters, especially Henry V. While there is no dancing itself in the histories there is plenty to be found in the comedies and two chapters of the book closely examine the relation of dance to dialogue, character and plot, particularly in "Love's Labour's Lost", "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Much Ado About Nothing". In the tragedies dancing becomes a powerful ironic visual symbol, especially in Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and Timon of Athens. After 1607 dance occurs in almost all of Shakespeare's plays, in such a way that it reflects and expresses the fusion of tragic and comic elements which characterize most of them. The closing chapters show how the dance relates to the cosmic ideas and imagery of these last plays from Perides to Henry VIII and suggest certain influences from the spectacular court masques of the time. In presenting his argument the author, who is a dance critic as well as an Elizabethan scholar, has drawn on manuscript sources, a wide range of contemporary writing, including dance manuals, and his own ideas in dance and theatre. This is a book for students and scholars, for editors, for theatre directors and for those interested in Renaissance dance. It is a book for everyone who delights in the riches of Shakespeare and the age in which he lived. -- Book cover
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Brissenden, Alan
Index
index present
LC call number
PR3034
LC item number
.B7 1981
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Dance in literature
  • Renaissance
  • Dans
  • Renaissance
  • Dance in literature
  • Performing arts
  • Renaissance
  • England
Label
Shakespeare and the dance, Alan Brissenden
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Dance and the Elizabethans -- The history plays and the imagery of dance -- The comedies I -- The comedies II -- The tragedies -- The last plays I -- The last plays II -- Glossary of dance terms
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xii, 145 pages, [4] leaves of plates
Isbn
9781852730833
Lccn
80012067
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)06087112
  • (OCoLC)ocm06087112
Label
Shakespeare and the dance, Alan Brissenden
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Dance and the Elizabethans -- The history plays and the imagery of dance -- The comedies I -- The comedies II -- The tragedies -- The last plays I -- The last plays II -- Glossary of dance terms
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xii, 145 pages, [4] leaves of plates
Isbn
9781852730833
Lccn
80012067
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)06087112
  • (OCoLC)ocm06087112

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