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The Modern Reproduction of Shakespeare's Drama

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Lukas Erne, Margaret Jane Kidnie, Leah S. Marcus, H. R. Woudhuysen, Paul Werstine, John Jowett, Ernst Honigmann, Sonia Massai, Ann Thompson, Neil Taylor, Michael Warren, David Bevington, John D. Cox, John Lavagnino, Barbara Hodgdon
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  • Date Published: April 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521035606

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  • Bringing together leading scholars to examine crucial questions regarding the theory and practice of editing Shakespeare's plays, these essays examine how what we know about early modern theater practice, the author and the printer will affect modern editorial decisions. Focusing on key points of debate and controversy, this collection makes a vital contribution to a better understanding of editorial modern practice.

    • Brings together leading scholars in Shakespearean textual and editorial studies
    • Focuses on the key points of current debate and controversy
    • Makes a vital contribution to our thinking about how Shakespeare's plays will be mediated to readers in the future
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Written by scholars with an admirable sense of theatrical values, this wide-ranging and accessibly presented volume represents a cutting-edge contribution to the editorial debate about Shakespeare.' Stanley Wells

    '… the diversity of its approaches and methodologies makes it a stimulating and necessary guide which continuously draws the reader's attention to the ambivalences and inconsistencies of Shakespeare's text.' Modern Literary Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521035606
    • length: 248 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 149 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.374kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of contributors
    Introduction Lukas Erne and Margaret Jane Kidnie
    Part I. Establishing the Text:
    1. The two texts of Othello and early modern constructions of race Leah S. Marcus
    2. 'Work of permanent utility': editors and texts, authorities and originals H. R. Woudhuysen
    3. Housmania: episodes in twentieth-century 'critical' editing of Shakespeare Paul Werstine
    4. Addressing adaptation: Measure for Measure and Sir Thomas More John Jowett
    5. The New Bibliography and its critics Ernst Honigmann
    6. Scholarly editing and the shift from print to electronic cultures Sonia Massai
    Part II. Presenting the Play:
    7. 'Your sum of parts': doubling in Hamlet Ann Thompson and Neil Taylor
    8. The perception of error: the editing and the performance of the opening of Coriolanus Michael Warren
    9. Modern spelling: the hard choices David Bevington
    10. The staging of Shakespeare's drama in print editions Margaret Jane Kidnie
    11. Open stage, open page? Editing stage directions in early dramatic texts John D. Cox
    12. Two varieties of digital commentary John Lavagnino
    13. New collaborations with old plays: the (textual) politics of performance commentary Barbara Hodgdon

  • Editors

    Lukas Erne, Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland
    Lukas Erne teaches English literature at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. He is the author of Shakespeare as Literary Dramatist (Cambridge, 2003) and Beyond The Spanish Tragedy: A study of the works of Thomas Kyd (2001).

    Margaret Jane Kidnie, University of Western Ontario
    Margaret Jane Kidnie is Associate Professor of English at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. She is the editor of Ben Jonson: The Devil is an Ass and Other Plays (2000), and Philip Stubbes, The Anatomie of Abuses (2002).


    Lukas Erne, Margaret Jane Kidnie, Leah S. Marcus, H. R. Woudhuysen, Paul Werstine, John Jowett, Ernst Honigmann, Sonia Massai, Ann Thompson, Neil Taylor, Michael Warren, David Bevington, John D. Cox, John Lavagnino, Barbara Hodgdon

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