There are many media for Shakespeare: print, audio recordings, theatrical performance, aural readings, film, television, even still photographs, engravings, paintings, hand towels, and teacups. Print is the medium with which we're most familiar. We feel that we're most sensitive when we read print. And the texts, as imperfectly preserved as they are, seem to offer the least distorted renderings of Shakespeare's vision. But reading Shakespeare is also a performing art. Shakespeare's plays — when they're viewed as experiences, processes, not static objects — are performances in several senses.



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