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Imitate the Action of the Tiger: Charles Gildon, Aaron Hill, and Shakespeare’s King Henry V

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© 2021 Classiques Garnier, Paris.Charles Gildon (1665-1724) and Aaron Hill (1685-1750) use lines from Shakespeare's Henry V to explain how an actor is to produce a passion. Gildon treats the 'tiger' speech as an inspirational image, while Hill reads it as a vindication of his own Cartesian acting methodology. In so doing, these writers show, first, the importance of Henry V (and not just Hamlet) as a source of advice to the players; and second, this play's role in an international debate on the passions.

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Author(s): Harriman-Smith J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: European Drama and Performance Studies

Year: 2021

Volume: 2

Issue: 17

Pages: 49-69

Online publication date: 22/09/2021

Acceptance date: 02/04/2020

ISSN (print): 2266-9035

ISSN (electronic): 2045-8541

Publisher: Editions Classiques Garnier


DOI: 10.48611/isbn.978-2-406-12207-4.p.0049


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