Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Four Shakespearean Period Pieces$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Margreta de Grazia

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780226785196

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226785363.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use.date: 01 July 2022

Period Drama in the Age of World Pictures

Period Drama in the Age of World Pictures

(p.106) 3 Period Drama in the Age of World Pictures
Four Shakespearean Period Pieces

Margreta de Grazia

University of Chicago Press

In the only picture we have of a Shakespearean play from Shakespeare’s lifetime, periodization is moot. In the Longleat drawing (ca. 1598) of Titus Andronicus, only Titus’s costume belongs to the play’s ancient setting; the attire and weaponry of the other characters are variously modern. Not until around 1800 was a Shakespearean play performed “in period”: John Philip Kemble famously staged Coriolanus with costumes, props, and scenery in sync with the play’s early Roman setting, notionally based on historical and archaeological research. While period drama marked a radical break with past productions, indifferent to historical accuracy and coherence, it was perfectly in keeping with other emergent forms of representation: the historical novel and historical painting, as well as the Kantian world picture that for Heidegger is itself the defining and exclusive feature of the modern epoch.

Keywords:   period drama, world pictures, Longleat drawing, 1800, John Phillip Kemble, Coriolanus, representation, Kant, Heidegger, modern epoch

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.