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Title: The ";Shaping Fantasies";of Inset Playlets in A Midsummer Night's Dream
Authors: 儲湘君
Contributors: 英語學系
Keywords: A Midsummer Night's Dream;An inset playlet;A play-within-a-play;Metatheater;Theatrical self-reflexivity
Date: 2008-07
Issue Date: 2012-04-26T09:11:27Z
Publisher: 彰化師範大學
Abstract: This study examines the significance of an inset playlet, or a play-within-a-play. An inset playlet can lend a fuller insight into the interplay of illusion and reality, presenting two, sometimes even more, different planes of dramatic illusion. It mirrors the larger play in some detail, from the casting of roles, rehearsing, and playacting on the same stage, to matching a play to an audience. A Midsummer Night's Dream brings up the subject of theater and theatrical performance in their dramatic action, the internal theatrical practices reflecting the self-conscious and self-reflexive impulses common in the early modern period. By bringing in a group of players, the play draws our attention to the whole business of theater. A Midsummer Night's Dream plays up the nature of dramatic performance, including the impersonation of the player and the falsification of feelings. Bottom discloses his real-life identity as a weaver during his performance in Pyramus and Thisbe, thus questioning the genuineness of Pyramus's playacting pretense, a gesture underscoring his own theatrical impersonation and pretense as Bottom. The predominance of self-reflexivity and self-consciousness in A Midsummer Night's Dream highlights its self-analysis. Through using the metatheatrical device of an inset playlet the comedy holds up a mirror that keeps reflecting itself and defines itself as a medium where illusion, imagination, reality and truth may meet and interact.
Relation: SPECTRUM : NCUE Studies in Language, Literature, Translation, 3: 149-160
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