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In The Stage Life of Props, Andrew Sofer aims to restore to certain props the performance dimensions that literary critics are trained not to see, then to show that these props are not just accessories, but time machines of the theater.

Using case studies that explore the Eucharistic wafer on the medieval stage, the bloody handkerchief on the Elizabethan stage, the skull on the Jacobean stage, the fan on the Restoration and early eighteenth-century stage, and the gun on the modern stage, Andrew Sofer reveals how stage props repeatedly thwart dramatic convention and reinvigorate theatrical practice.

While the focus is on specific objects, Sofer also gives us a sweeping history of half a millennium of stage history as seen through the device of the prop, revealing that as material ghosts, stage props are a way for playwrights to animate stage action, question theatrical practice, and revitalize dramatic form.

Andrew Sofer is Assistant Professor of English, Boston College. He was previously a stage director.

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Fresh and provocative readings of familiar stage objects provide new ways of understanding theater, dramatic literature, and culture

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 203-268) and index.

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ISBN:
9780472068395
Author:
Sofer, Andrew
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Location:
Ann Arbor
Subject:
General
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Theater - Stagecraft
Subject:
Theater - History & Criticism
Subject:
Theaters
Subject:
Stage props
Subject:
European drama.
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
General Performing Arts
Subject:
Theaters -- Stage-setting and scenery.
Subject:
Drama -- History and criticism.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paper Text
Series:
Theater: Theory/Text/Performance
Series Volume:
107-292
Publication Date:
20030631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
5 photographs
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Fresh and provocative readings of familiar stage objects provide new ways of understanding theater, dramatic literature, and culture

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