Painting Shakespeare

Benton, Michael; Butcher, Sally
September 1998
Journal of Aesthetic Education;Fall98, Vol. 32 Issue 3, p53
Academic Journal
The article discusses the literary criticism over William Shakespeare's work whether to treat his plays as extended poems or as acting scripts. In educational contexts, the literary critical argument resolves itself into a subdivision between script and performance, since colleges of necessity make clear distinctions between play readings in the classroom and play productions for public view. The well-know paintings such as "Ophelia," by John Everett Millais, "Lady Macbeth Seizing the Daggers," by Henry Fuseli, and "The Play Scene in Hamlet," by Daniel Maclise, will indicate the variety of insights that a study of such paintings can offer.


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