By Farah Karim Cooper

ISBN-10: 1474234267

ISBN-13: 9781474234269

ISBN-10: 1474234275

ISBN-13: 9781474234276

This ground-breaking new publication uncovers the way in which Shakespeare attracts upon the to be had literature and visible representations of the hand to notify his drama.

Providing an research of gesture, contact, ability and dismemberment in various Shakespeare's works, it indicates how the hand was once perceived in Shakespeare's time as a hallmark of human employer, emotion, social and private id. It demonstrates how the hand and its actions are defined and embedded in Shakespeare's texts and approximately its function at the Shakespearean level: as a part of the actor's physique, within the language as metaphor, and as a morbid stage-prop. realizing the cultural signifiers that lie in the back of the early smooth knowing of the hand and gesture, opens up new and infrequently stressful methods of interpreting and seeing Shakespeare's plays.

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