Silencing the natural body : notes on the monumental body in Romeo and Juliet

Bigliazzi, S and Nigri, L ORCID: 2015, 'Silencing the natural body : notes on the monumental body in Romeo and Juliet' , in: Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, and Civic Life : the Boundaries of Civic Space , Routledge Studies in Shakespeare (14) , Routledge, pp. 171-186.

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Romeo and Juliet offers precisely one such highly connoted and open-ended coda. Shakespearean endings are peculiar for making statements, but also for promising statements, thus closing the text while leaving it open to further elucidation. The tourist built-in R&J space is thus exploded into a wider urban area more directly concerned with the cultural practices involving citizens, as part of an entertainment machine geared towards construing a sense of belonging while conveying a message of physical appropriation of a myth that transfigures the urban everyday space into a stage setting. International boundary-crossing experiences of different cultures, traditions, disciplines, and performative media and styles, from dance, to recitation and music, for once relocated Romeo and Juliet back to their overtly fictional dimension: by traversing urban, performative, textual, and multilingual territories, it offered an alternative way for doing it civilly without playing on the hyperrealism of the town-inscribed R&J space.

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Bigliazzi, S and Calvi, L
Schools: Schools > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for English Literature and Language
Publisher: Routledge
Series Name: Routledge Studies in Shakespeare
ISBN: 9781138839984 (hardback); 9780367871949 (paperback); 9781315733104 (ebook)
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Funders: Routledge
Depositing User: Dr Lucia Nigri
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2015 12:45
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 20:22

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