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Production, reproduction, performance: marxism, history, theatre

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  • G. Holderness
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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIn: Uses of History: Marxism, Postmodernism and the Renaissance (Literature, politics, theory: the Essex symposia)
EditorsFrancis Baker, Peter Hulme, Margaret Iversen
Place of PublicationManchester
PublisherUniversity of Manchester Press
ISBN (Print)0-7190-3512-0
Publication statusPublished - 1991


A metatheatrical approach to the dramatic and theatrical dimensions of the ‘story’ of the Henriad presupposes a standpoint outside the normal limits of what has been called ‘stage-centred’ reading. It calls for a project that is doggedly textual in orientation, and is thus antitheatrical: it will generate readings that do not readily lend themselves to performance and that will necessarily draw fire from stage-centred critics. But that, in a perverse way, is my point: that the antitheatricality of the readings I shall give reflects an antitheatricality in the Shakespeare text. (Harry Berger, Jr).


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