Defining Shakespeare: Pericles as Test Case by MacDonald P. JacksonDefining Shakespeare: Pericles as Test Case by MacDonald P. Jackson

Defining Shakespeare: Pericles as Test Case

byMacDonald P. Jackson

Hardcover | February 19, 2004

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'That very great play, Pericles', as T. S. Eliot called it, poses formidable problems of text and authorship. The first of the Late Romances, it was ascribed to Shakespeare when printed in a quarto of 1609, but was not included in the First Folio (1623) collection of his plays. This bookexamines rival theories about the quarto's origins and offers compelling evidence that Pericles is the product of collaboration between Shakespeare and the minor dramatist George Wilkins, who was responsible for the first two acts and for portions of the 'brothel scenes' in Act 4. Pericles serves asa test case for methodologies that seek to define the limits of the Shakespeare canon and to rdentify co-authors. A wide range of metrical, lexical, and other data is analysed. Computerized 'stylometric' texts are explained and their findings assessed. A concluding chapter introduces a new techniquethat has the potential to answer many of the remaining questions of attribution associated with Shakespeare and his contemporaries.
Mac Jackson is Professor of English at the University of Auckland. His publications include Shakespeare's 'A Lover's Complaint': Its Date and Authenticity (Auckland UP 1965), Studies in Attribution: Middleton and Shakespeare (Salzburg UP 1979). He is editor of A. R. D. Fairburn: Selected Poems (Victoria UP 1995) and Selected Poems of ...
Title:Defining Shakespeare: Pericles as Test CaseFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.05 inPublished:February 19, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199260508

ISBN - 13:9780199260508


Table of Contents

List of TablesList of FiguresPrefaceAbbreviations and References1. Defining Shakespeare2. Introduction to Pericles and the Shakespeare canon3. Pericles: evidence of dual authorship4. Identifying the author of Pericles, Acts 1 and 25. A literary-critical approach to style in Pericles6. Wilkins as co-author: the case summarized and defended7. A new technique for attribution studiesAppendix 1: The text of PericlesAppendix 2: 'Literature Online' dataIndex