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A Concise Companion to Shakespeare and the Text / Edition 1
     

A Concise Companion to Shakespeare and the Text / Edition 1

by Andrew R. Murphy
 

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ISBN-10: 140513528X

ISBN-13: 9781405135283

Pub. Date: 03/28/2007

Publisher: Wiley

Shakespeare's works were among the very first English secular texts to be edited. The long history of adapting them has positioned them as a catalyst for theories of editing and textuality. A concise Companion to Shakespeare and the Text introduces the early editions, editing practices, and publishing history of Shakespeare's plays and poems, and examines their

Overview

Shakespeare's works were among the very first English secular texts to be edited. The long history of adapting them has positioned them as a catalyst for theories of editing and textuality. A concise Companion to Shakespeare and the Text introduces the early editions, editing practices, and publishing history of Shakespeare's plays and poems, and examines their influence on bibliographic studies as a whole.

Written by leading scholars in the field, this comprehensive text examine the history of Shakespeare's works in their subsequent editions, as well as the theories and practicalities of working with the texts. The first single-volume book to provide an accessible and authoritative introduction to Shakespearean bibliographic studies, this succinct text is an excellent resource for both students and faculty.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405135283
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/28/2007
Series:
Concise Companions to Literature and Culture Series , #24
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors vii

Acknowledgments x

Note on Texts xi

Introduction: What Happens in Hamlet? Andrew Murphy 1

Part I Histories of the Books 15

1 The Publishing Trade in Shakespeare's Time Helen Smith 17

2 Reading and Authorship: The Circulation of Shakespeare 1590-1619 Peter Stallybrass Roger Chartier 35

3 Shakespeare Writ Small: Early Single Editions of Shakespeare's Plays Thomas L. Berger 57

4 The Life of the First Folio in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries Anthony James West 71

Part II Theories of Editing 91

5 The Birth of the Editor Andrew Murphy 93

6 The Science of Editing Paul Werstine 109

7 Editing Shakespeare in a Postmodern Age Leah S. Marcus 128

8 Shakespeare and the Electronic Text Michael Best 145

Part III Practicalities 163

9 Working with the Text: Editing in Practice David Bevington 165

10 Working with the Texts: Differential Readings Sonia Massai 185

11 Mapping Shakespeare's Contexts: Doing Things with Databases Neil Rhodes 204

Afterword John Drakakis 221

Bibliography 239

Index 258

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