The Hand on the Shakespearean Stage: Gesture, Touch and the Spectacle of Dismemberment

Farah Karim-Cooper


The Hand on the Shakespearean Stage: Gesture, Touch and the Spectacle of Dismemberment

The Hand on the Shakespearean Stage: Gesture, Touch and the Spectacle of Dismemberment

  • Title: The Hand on the Shakespearean Stage: Gesture, Touch and the Spectacle of Dismemberment
  • Author: Farah Karim-Cooper
  • ISBN: 9781474234269
  • Page: 332
  • Format: Paperback



This ground breaking new book uncovers the way Shakespeare draws upon the available literature and visual representations of the hand to inform his drama.Providing an analysis of gesture, touch, skill and dismemberment in a range of Shakespeare s works, it shows how the hand was perceived in Shakespeare s time as an indicator of human agency, emotion, social and personal iThis ground breaking new book uncovers the way Shakespeare draws upon the available literature and visual representations of the hand to inform his drama.Providing an analysis of gesture, touch, skill and dismemberment in a range of Shakespeare s works, it shows how the hand was perceived in Shakespeare s time as an indicator of human agency, emotion, social and personal identity It demonstrates how the hand and its activities are described and embedded in Shakespeare s texts and about its role on the Shakespearean stage as part of the actor s body, in the language as metaphor, and as a morbid stage prop Understanding the cultural signifiers that lie behind the early modern understanding of the hand and gesture, opens up new and sometimes disturbing ways of reading and seeing Shakespeare s plays.


Recent Comments "The Hand on the Shakespearean Stage: Gesture, Touch and the Spectacle of Dismemberment"

Insightful, thorough, and delightfully cutting-edge (pun intended).

karim-cooper should be applauded for so expertly balancing scholarship and accessibility in this cultural, historical, literary manual on a fresh way of understanding the bard.


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