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  • Print publication year: 2020
  • Online publication date: September 2020

1. - Critical Studies

from The Year’s Contributions to Shakespeare Studies

Summary

After nearly ten years as critical studies reviewer for Shakespeare Survey, I am looking fondly on my over-burdened and groaning table of books for the last time. To kick off my co-mixture of joy and lamentation, I begin with Genevieve Love’s Early Modern Theatre and the Figure of Disability. Here Love approaches the figure of disability, less as an embodiment of physical capacity than as a trope, a rhetorical figure, through which the theatre comes to express its primary function as both prosthesis and representation. The figure of her title is not then the body of the actor or character, the human subject or experience of being dis-abled, but the language through which the theatre experiences itself as a representation of something else.

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