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Dessen, Alan C. 1935-

Overview
Works: 24 works in 149 publications in 2 languages and 8,052 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Terminology  Sources  Dictionaries  Reference works  Periodicals 
Roles: Author, Editor, ed, Honoree
Classifications: PR651, 822.309
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Most widely held works about Alan C Dessen
 
Most widely held works by Alan C Dessen
Elizabethan stage conventions and modern interpreters by Alan C Dessen( Book )

19 editions published between 1984 and 1988 in English and held by 914 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Elizabethan drama and the viewer's eye by Alan C Dessen( Book )

14 editions published between 1975 and 2011 in English and held by 914 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jonson's moral comedy by Alan C Dessen( Book )

11 editions published between 1971 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 877 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recovering Shakespeare's theatrical vocabulary by Alan C Dessen( Book )

21 editions published between 1995 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 641 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this rigorous investigation of the staging of Shakespeare's plays, Alan Dessen wrestles with three linked questions: (1) what did a playgoer at the original production actually see? (2) how can we tell today? and (3) so what? His emphasis is upon images and on-stage effects (e.g. the sick-chair, early entrances, tomb scenes) easily obscured or eclipsed today. Basing his analysis on the 600 English professional plays performed before 1642, Dessen identifies a vocabulary of the theatre shared by Shakespeare, his theatrical colleagues and his playgoers, in which stage directions do not admit of neat dictionary definitions but can be glossed in terms of options and potential meanings. To explore such terms, along with various costumes and properties (keys, trees, coffins, books), is to challenge assumptions that underlie how Shakespeare is read, edited and staged today
Titus Andronicus by Alan C Dessen( Book )

14 editions published between 1989 and 2015 in English and Korean and held by 616 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Michael D. Friedman's second edition of this stage history of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus adds an examination of twelve major theatrical productions and one film that appeared in the years 1989-2009. Friedman identifies four lines of descent in the recent performance history of the play: the stylised, realistic, darkly comic, and political approaches, which culminate in Julie Taymor's harrowing film Titus (1999). Aspects of Taymor's eclectic vision of ancient Rome under the grip of modern fascism were copied by several subsequent productions, making Titus the most characteristic, as well as
Shakespeare and the late moral plays by Alan C Dessen( Book )

10 editions published between 1986 and 2000 in English and held by 595 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A dictionary of stage directions in English drama, 1580-1642 by Alan C Dessen( Book )

14 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 593 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This dictionary, the first of its kind, defines and explains over 900 terms found in the stage directions of English professional plays from the 1580s to the early 1640s. The terms are taken primarily from surviving printed and manuscript sources, and from the plays performed on the London stage, by both minor and major dramatists. The authors draw on a database of over 22,000 stage directions culled from around 500 such plays. Each entry offers a definition, gives examples of how the term is used, cites additional instances, and gives cross-references to other relevant entries. Terms defined range from the obvious and common to the obscure and rare, including actions, places, objects, sounds, and descriptions. The authors have also provided a user's guide and an introduction which describes the scope and rationale of the volume. This will be an indispensable work of reference for scholars, historians, directors, and actors."--Jacket
Rescripting Shakespeare : the text, the director, and modern productions by Alan C Dessen( Book )

13 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Building on almost 300 productions from the last twenty-five years, Alan Dessen focuses on the playtexts used when directors stage Shakespeare's plays: the actual words spoken, the scenes or segments omitted or transposed, and the many other adjustments that must be made - as with references to swords in a production that features handguns and grenades. Directors rescript to streamline the playscript and save running time by cutting speeches or entire scenes, as well as to climinate obscurity, conserve on personnel, and occasionally cancel out a passage that might not fit with a particular "concept." They rewright when they make more extensive changes, moving closer to the role of the playwright, as when the three parts of Henry VI are compressed into two plays. Rescripting can yield practical, narrative, and conceptual gains but can also involve losses or diminutions, so that Dessen calls attention to price tags and trade-offs, both the pluses and minuses of a director's rescripting or rewrighting. He analyzes what such choices might exclude or preclude and explains the exigencies faced by actors and directors in placing before today's audiences words targeted at players, playgoers, and playhouses that no longer exist. The results are of interest and importance as much to theatrical professionals as to theatre historians and students."--Jacket
Staging Shakespeare : essays in honor of Alan C. Dessen by Lena Cowen Orlin( Book )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays on dramatic technique( Book )

4 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays on dramatic antecedents( Book )

6 editions published between 1973 and 1981 in English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays principally on comedy by S Schoenbaum( Book )

3 editions published between 1972 and 1981 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Renaissance drama: new series VI: essays on dramatic antecedents( Book )

2 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Renaissance drama: new series V: essays principally on comedy( Book )

1 edition published in 1972 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Renaissance drama( Book )

1 edition published in 1968 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dramatic antecedents( Book )

2 editions published between 1973 and 1975 in Undetermined and English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ben Jonson and the "estates" morality tradition by Alan C Dessen( Book )

2 editions published in 1963 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Renaissance drama: new series IV: essays principally on the playhouse and staging by S Schoenbaum( Book )

2 editions published between 1971 and 1972 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rennaisance drama : new series( Book )

1 edition published in 1981 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Wycherley and the comedy of manners by Alan C Dessen( Book )

1 edition published in 1957 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Recovering Shakespeare's theatrical vocabulary
Alternative Names
Dessen, Alan

Dessen, Alan 1935-

Dessen Alan C.

Dessen, Alan Charles 1935-

Languages
English (142)

Korean (1)

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Recovering Shakespeare's theatrical vocabularyA dictionary of stage directions in English drama, 1580-1642Rescripting Shakespeare : the text, the director, and modern productionsStaging Shakespeare : essays in honor of Alan C. Dessen