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Shakespeare and text

Author: John Jowett
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007.
Series: Oxford Shakespeare topics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Shakespeare and Text is an indispensable and unique guide to its topic. It takes Shakespeare readers to the very foundation of his work, explaining how his plays first took shape in the theatre where writing was part of a larger collective enterprise. As the resulting manuscripts are virtually all lost, the account then turns to the early modern printing industry that produced the earliest surviving texts of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Jowett
ISBN: 9780199217069 0199217068 9780199217076 0199217076
OCLC Number: 150875872
Description: 229 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Contents: Author and collaborator --
Theatre --
The material book --
The first folio --
Mapping the text --
Emendation and modernization --
Versification and stage directions --
Texts for readers.
Series Title: Oxford Shakespeare topics.
Responsibility: John Jowett.
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"Shakespeare and Text is an indispensable and unique guide to its topic. It takes Shakespeare readers to the very foundation of his work, explaining how his plays first took shape in the theatre where writing was part of a larger collective enterprise. As the resulting manuscripts are virtually all lost, the account then turns to the early modern printing industry that produced the earliest surviving texts of Shakespeare's plays. It describes the roles of publisher and printer, the controls exerted through the Stationers' Company, and the technology of printing. A chapter is devoted to the book that gathered Shakespeare's plays together for the first time, the First Folio of 1623. Shakespeare and Text goes on to survey the major developments in textual studies over the past century. It builds on the recent upsurge of interest in textual theory, and deals with issues such as collaboration, the instability of the text, the relationship between theatre culture and print culture, and the book as a material object. Later chapters examine the current critical edition, explaining the procedures that transform early texts in to a very different cultural artefact, the edition in which we regularly encounter Shakespeare."--Jacket.

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an informative and authoritative introductory guide to the textual complexities surrounding Shakespeare's dramatic works which, while broad in range, offers an impressively detailed analysis of his Read more...

 
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