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Authority of the Actor in the Eighteenth-Century

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This chapter distinguishes two ways in which the authority of actors with regard to Shakespeare was articulated during the playwright's seventeenth-and eighteenth-century rise to the status of a national poet. From the reopening of the theatres to the early 1700s, actors appeared as apostles, handing down Shakespeare's intentions from generation to generation as part of an independent performance tradition. The career of David Garrick, from 1741 to 1776 was marked, however, with the claim that, rather than inheriting a connection to Shakespeare, this new star was Shakespeare reborn. Resurrection had replaced succession as a mode for articulating the actor's authority.

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Author(s): Harriman-Smith J

Editor(s): Halsey, K; Vine A

Series Editor(s): Dobson, M; Callaghan, D

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Shakespeare and Authority: Citations, Conceptions and Constructions

Year: 2018

Pages: 249-264

Print publication date: 20/02/2018

Online publication date: 20/02/2018

Acceptance date: 24/10/2016

Series Title: Palgrave Shakespeare Studies

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Place Published: London


DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-57853-2_12

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781137578525