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Stage, Stake, and Scaffold: Humans and Animals in Shakespeare's Theatre

Andreas Höfele


The book argues that powerful exchanges between stage, stake and scaffold – the theatre, the beargarden and the spectacle of public execution – crucially informed Shakespeare’s explorations into the construction and workings of ‘the human’ as a psychological, ethical and political category. The theatre's family resemblance to animal baiting and the spectacle of capital punishment, with which it shares the same basic performance space – a theatre-in-the-round – bred potential for a transfer of images and meanings. The staging of any one of these performances was always framed by an awareness of ... More

Keywords: William Shakespeare, English Renaissance drama, early modern theatre, bear-baiting, public execution, animals in literature, Renaissance concepts of the human

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199567645
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567645.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andreas Höfele, author
Professor of English, University of Munich