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By William B. Worthen

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This stimulating publication asks how either textual content and function are construed as vessels of authority, and reveals that our realizing of Shakespearean functionality keeps a stunning feel of the potential for being ''faithful'' to Shakespearean texts, and to be able to ''Shakespeare.'' After a gap theoretical bankruptcy, Worthen examines the connection among textual content and function in 3 actions: directing, performing, and scholarship. The ebook contributes to the scholarly research of appearing and directing, and to the broader discourse of functionality stories.

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King Lear remains, even with the cast cut, the plot changed, the language changed, and so on; kathakali can be experienced in some essential manner, even when the formal and cultural traditions of the performance have been drastically altered. 36 Shakespeare and the authority of performance What makes this ambitious and exciting project finally disappointing is that the experiment, far from testing the condition of performance (intercultural or otherwise), merely confirms it; or, to be more precise, it confirms the extent to which a discourse of authority informs the critical tools for describing, analyzing, and understanding stage performance in the West.

At the same time, they see their activity as authorized by its fidelity to the work, Shakespeare's work and the kathakali tradition. Much as texts always point to an absent origin, so the Kathakali King Lear points to an absence as well: kathakali, King Lear. Una Chaudhuri remarks that a "practical interculturalism would not simply reproduce already established (and hence already politically coded) images of cultural difference; instead it would produce the experience of difference. It would stage the detailed processes of differentiation which are the as-yet unrepresented realities of modern life" ("Future of the Hyphen" 196).

Michael Bristol has argued that the "historical success of textuality and of the powerful institutional apparatus that supports it" - both the institution of editing and the larger apparatus of canonical literature as an institution of cultural production - "coincides with the virtual collapse of the theater as a strong, independent center of cultural authority," to the extent that "the power of the text has been used against the theater, disabling its capacity as the site of cultural and social institution-making, and cancelling its function in the creation of an alternative agential space": This is, I take it, the real meaning of the incessant border disputes, skirmishes, and raids carried out between advocates of performanceoriented interpretation and the practitioners of more strictly literary and textually based hermeneutic procedures.

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