"Look not big, nor stamp, nor stare": Acting Up in The Taming of the Shrew and the Coventry Herod Plays
In lieu of an abstract, the first paragraph of the essay follows:
In his 1945 study of Shakespeare's use of humoral psychology, John W. Draper noted that the supposedly choleric Petruchio' s strategy for subduing the equally volatile Katherine "is to out-Herod Herod."1 Though Draper doubtless intended his remark to be no more than metaphorical, I propose to take it literally. Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, I shall argue, is subtly informed by a metatheatrical awareness of Herod and, more specifically, of the styles of acting that distinguished his character on the early English stage.
Harris, Jonathan Gil
""Look not big, nor stamp, nor stare": Acting Up in The Taming of the Shrew and the Coventry Herod Plays,"
Comparative Drama: Vol. 34:
4, Article 1.
Available at: https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/compdr/vol34/iss4/1