Dramatists and Their Manuscripts in the Age of Shakespeare, Jonson, Middleton and Heywood: Authorship, Authority and the Playhouse / Edition 1

Dramatists and Their Manuscripts in the Age of Shakespeare, Jonson, Middleton and Heywood: Authorship, Authority and the Playhouse / Edition 1

by Grace Ioppolo
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415339650

ISBN-13: 9780415339650

Pub. Date: 02/01/2006

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This book presents new evidence about the ways in which English Renaissance dramatists such as William Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, Thomas Heywood, John Fletcher and Thomas Middleton composed their plays and the degree to which they participated in the dissemination of their texts to theatrical audiences. Grace Ioppolo argues that the path of the transmission of the

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This book presents new evidence about the ways in which English Renaissance dramatists such as William Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, Thomas Heywood, John Fletcher and Thomas Middleton composed their plays and the degree to which they participated in the dissemination of their texts to theatrical audiences. Grace Ioppolo argues that the path of the transmission of the text was not linear, from author to censor to playhouse to audience - as has been universally argued by scholars - but circular.

Extant dramatic manuscripts, theatre records and accounts, as well as authorial contracts, memoirs, receipts and other archival evidence, are used to prove that the text returned to the author at various stages, including during rehearsal and after performance. This monograph provides much new information and case studies, and is a fascinating contribution to the fields of Shakespeare studies, English Renaissance drama studies, manuscript studies, textual study and bibliography and theatre history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415339650
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/01/2006
Series:
Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture Series, #6
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. 'As Good a Play for Yr Publique Howse as Euer Was Play'd' Dramatists and Authorship 2. 'You Give Them Authority to Play' Dramatists and Authority 3. 'The Fowle Papers of the Authors' Dramatists and Foul Papers 4. 'A Fayre Copy Hereafter', Dramatists and Fair Copies 5. 'Plaide in 1613' Authorial and Scribal Manuscripts in the Playhouse 6. 'It Sprang from Ye Poet' Jonson, Middleton and Shakespeare at Work. Bibliography

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