Speed and Flight in Shakespeare (Hardcover)

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Speed and Flight in Shakespeare (Hardcover)


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Shakespeare's plays are fascinated by the problems of speed and flight. They are repeatedly interested in humans, spirits, and objects that move very fast; become airborne; and in some cases even travel into space. In Speed and Flight in Shakespeare, the first study of any kind on the subject, Steggle looks at how Shakespeare's language explores ideas of speed and flight, and what theatrical resources his plays use to represent these states. Shakespeare has, this book argues, an aesthetic of speed and flight. Featuring chapters on The Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Henry V, Macbeth and The Tempest, this study opens up a new field around the 'historical phenomenology' of early modern speed.

Matthew Steggle is Professor of English at the University of Bristol, UK. His research interests include early modern literature and drama, with a particular focus on "historicized performance studies", and "acoustic approaches" to early modern drama. His publications include four monographs on early modern drama; editions of plays by Shakespeare, Jonson, and Brome; and dozens of scholarly articles and book chapters. Steggle is also Co-editor of the AHRC-funded Oxford Works of John Marston project, and of the Lost Plays Database.
Product Details ISBN: 9783030936563
ISBN-10: 3030936562
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
Publication Date: January 22nd, 2022
Pages: 136
Language: English