Reading Shakespeare's Poems In Early Modern England

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This is the first comprehensive study of early modern texts, readings, and readers of Shakespeare's poems in print and manuscript. Reading Shakespeare's Poems in Early Modern England makes a compelling contribution both to Shakespeare studies and the history of the book. Examining gendered readerships and the use of erotic works, reading practices and manuscript culture, textual forms and transmission, literary taste and the canonization of Shakespeare, this book argues that ...

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Overview

This is the first comprehensive study of early modern texts, readings, and readers of Shakespeare's poems in print and manuscript. Reading Shakespeare's Poems in Early Modern England makes a compelling contribution both to Shakespeare studies and the history of the book. Examining gendered readerships and the use of erotic works, reading practices and manuscript culture, textual forms and transmission, literary taste and the canonization of Shakespeare, this book argues that historicist criticism can no longer ignore histories of reading.

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"Roberts' study of the early modern reception of Shakespeare's poems challenges current assumptions about textual authority as well as aesthetic taste. In her use of manuscript miscellanies, marginalia, and often neglected printed works to reveal the diverse agencies of readers, Roberts contributes significantly to the history of the book." —Mary Ellen Lamb

"In this gem of a study, Sasha Roberts uses the early modern history of the publication, manuscript transmission, and reading of Shakespeare's poems to demonstrate the remarkable flexibility of these works in a literary system that encouraged recipients and collectors of texts to appropriate them for their own serious or recreational uses... This study is a very important contribution to early modern literary studies." —Arthur F.Marotti, Wayne State University

"[This book] will change our sense of the history of literature and literacy in the 17th century." —Ann Thompson, King's College, London

"This is an original, lively, and consequential book. Sasha Roberts has provided a richly textured account of the transmission and reception of Shakespeare's poems in the late 16th and 17th centuries....a crucial episode in the shaping of an early modern literary culture and a significant chapter in the history of reading itself." —David Scott Kastan, Columbia University

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Meet the Author

Sasha Roberts is Lecturer in English, University of Kent, Canterbury.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Ladies Reading 'bawdy geare': Shakespeare, Venus and Adonis and the Early Modern Woman Reader 20
2 Light Literature and Gentlemen Readers: Venus and Adonis, Textual Transmission and the Construction of Poetic Meaning 62
3 The Malleable Poetic Text: Narrative, Authorship and the Transmission of Lucrece 102
4 Textual Transmission and the Transformation of Desire: The Sonnets, A Lover's Complaint and The Passionate Pilgrim 143
Afterward 191
Notes 198
Index 243
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