Shakespeare Reshaped, 1606-1623

Shakespeare Reshaped, 1606-1623

by Gary Taylor, John Jowett
     
 

John Jowett and Gary Taylor explore the ways in which Shakespeare's texts were reshaped in his lifetime and up until the publication of the First Folio, and the kinds of outside interference to which they were subjected. Political censorship of individual plays has already been studied in some depth: Shakespeare Reshaped concentrates on the forms of

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John Jowett and Gary Taylor explore the ways in which Shakespeare's texts were reshaped in his lifetime and up until the publication of the First Folio, and the kinds of outside interference to which they were subjected. Political censorship of individual plays has already been studied in some depth: Shakespeare Reshaped concentrates on the forms of interference—expurgation, Act division, interpolation—that can usefully be examined across the whole canon, and that resulted in "late reshaping." These influences were at work between May 1606 and November 1623, and affected the texts years after they were first written. Included is a major central study of Measure for Measure, which underwent posthumous interpolation: the book makes a strong claim for this being at the hands of Thomas Middleton.

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"The authors' arguments are lucid, provocative, judicious, and exhaustively documented....A 'must' for scholarly collections of Shakespeare, especially for graduate students, researchers, and faculty."—Choice

"In many ways, this is Gary Taylor's best book...Shakespeare Reshaped is an important and fundamental work."—Journal of English and Germanic Philology

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198122562
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/21/1993
Series:
Oxford Shakespeare Studies Series
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.06(d)

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Brandeis University

University of Glasgow

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