Textual Shakespeare: Writing and the Word

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Reviewing debates in textual theory and practice, this examination concludes that Shakespeare is not a writer but a collection of documents. The argument is presented that modern Shakespeare editions are radical rewritings and that contemporary textual theory opens the way to much more inventive textual activities of reconstruction and translation. This book draws on a wide range of sources, from classical poetry and deconstructionist theory to...

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Overview

Reviewing debates in textual theory and practice, this examination concludes that Shakespeare is not a writer but a collection of documents. The argument is presented that modern Shakespeare editions are radical rewritings and that contemporary textual theory opens the way to much more inventive textual activities of reconstruction and translation. This book draws on a wide range of sources, from classical poetry and deconstructionist theory to Anglo-Saxon verse and modern bibliographical scholarship.

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Stanley Wells
Forms a bold, imaginative, and remarkably wide-ranging contribution to thought about the origins and presentation of Shakespeare's text.
David Scott Kastan
Graham Holderness brilliantly explores the inevitable desire for, and the necessary frustration in finding, the Shakespearean original that lies behind the printed texts of his plays.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781902806211
  • Publisher: University of Hertfordshire Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Graham Holderness is author of 31 books, 22 of which are on Shakespeare and include Cultural Shakespeare, Shakespeare's History, The Shakespeare Myth, Shakespeare: The Histories, and Visual Shakespeare. He is a professor of English; the dean of humanities, languages, and education; and the director of research policy at the University of Hertfordshire.

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