Edited by Paul Bouissac
[Gesture 6:2] 2006
► pp. 241–259
Actors and the body
Meta-theatrical rhetoric in Shakespeare
The ways in which the performing of gesture is inscribed into the very texts of Shakespeare’s plays constitutes a “meta-theatrical” and “meta-gestural” discourse which this article analyses with reference to Hamlet, Othello, The Winter’s Tale and Twelfth Night. Shakespeare is shown to be a “gestural writer”, well versed in the rhetorical tradition and sensitive to the subtleties of body language within and without the world of stage.
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