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Overview

This book is a authoritative account of Shakespeare's plays as they were transformed from scripts to be performed into books to be read, and eventually from popular entertainment into the centerpieces of the English literary canon. Kastan examines the motives and activities of Shakespeare's first publishers; the curious eighteenth-century schizophrenia that saw Shakespeare radically modified on stage at the very moment that scholars were working to establish and restore the "genuine" texts, and the exhilarating possibilities of electronic media for presenting Shakespeare now to new generations of readers. This is an important contribution to Shakespearean textual scholarship, to the history of the early English book trade, and to the theory of drama itself.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Lively and readable...Kastan's book is an excellent survey and would be particularly useful as a text for advanced undergraduates or graduate students." Shakespeare Quarterly

"A timely work...four finely crafted and beautifully written essays that are at the same time erudite and accessible." Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England

"A thoughtful elegantly conceived and elegantly written series of meditations on the traffic of the book trade." Studies in English Literature

"Kastan's travels through the history of Shakespeare's

ghostly textual presence will inform the neophyte, provoke the expert, and entertain all." Notes and Queries

"Deserves the attention of all students of Shakespeare, and all book lovers." Zeitschrift fuer Anglistik und Amerikanistik

"Kastan excels when he deals with hypertexts...Upper-division undergraduates through faculty." Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521786515
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/30/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 1,300,914
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

David Scott Kastan is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He is a specialist on Shakespeare and early modern culture. His most recent book is Shakespeare After Theory (1999) and his other publications include Shakespeare and the Shapes of Time (1981), Staging the Renaissance (1991, edited with Peter Stallybrass), Critical Essays on Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' (1995), The New History of Early English Drama (1997, edited with John Cox, and winner of the 1998 ATHE award for the best book on theatre history), and A Companion to Shakespeare (1999).

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. From playhouse to printing house: or, making a good impression; 3. From quarto to folio: or, size matters; 4. From contemporary to classic: or, textual healing; 5. From codex to computer: or, presence of mind.

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