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Czech and Slovak scenography for Shakespeare


Šárka Havlíčková Kysová


This volume of essays examines the history of scenography for Shakespeare in Central Europe and explores theoretical models for understanding the space, place and performance of Shakespeare using phenomenology, Structuralist semiotics, sociological and historiographical analyses (including art-historical approaches) and scenographic theory.
Individual chapters by an international team of authors consider the work of the many Central European designers who have brought new visual insights to staging Shakespeare during the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.
A central aim of the volume is to work towards theorised performative developments of the locus/platea (imagined location)/(real stage space) divide that was pro-posed in Shakespearean studies by the German scholar Robert Weimann in 2000. The volume does this in order to develop more nuanced notions of the perceptual gestalt that occurs in watching any production of Shakespeare: i.e. those moments in which spectators simultaneously experience the play, its visually designed setting, and the cultural/social/political site and space in which this specific performance unfolds. This methodological approach has been a significant step forwards for international Shakespeare performance criticism.


Havlíčková Kysová, Š., & Billing, C. (Eds.). (2018). Czech and Slovak scenography for Shakespeare. Brno: Masarykova univerzita = Masaryk University

Book Type Edited Book
Acceptance Date Oct 1, 2018
Online Publication Date Nov 5, 2018
Publication Date Nov 5, 2018
Deposit Date Feb 3, 2023
Publisher Masarykova univerzita = Masaryk University
Series Title Theatralia
Series ISSN 1803-845X (print) 2336-4548 (online)
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Additional Information Special/Thematic issue of the peer-reviewed journal Theatralia (2018/2) focussed mostly on the scenography of Czech and Slovak productions of plays by William Shakespeare.