Determining the Shakespeare Canon: Arden of Faversham and A Lovers Complaint

Hardcover | July 19, 2014

byMacDonald P. Jackson

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Editors of Shakespeare's Complete Works must decide what to include. Although not in the First Folio collection of 1623, The Two Noble Kinsmen and Edward III have now entered the canon as plays co-authored by Shakespeare. Determining the Shakespeare Canon makes the case for lifting Arden ofFaversham, first published in 1592, over the same threshold. A wealth of evidence indicates that Shakespeare was wholly or largely responsible for several of its central scenes (constituting Act III in editions divided into acts), and that the domestic tragedy can thus be added to the mounting listof his dramatic collaborations. Shakespeare's beginnings as a playwright are due for reconsideration. The second half of this volume provides solid grounds for accepting that publisher Thomas Thorpe's inclusion of A Lover's Complaint within the 1609 quarto of Shakespeare Sonnets was justified. While A Lover's Complaint has long been part of the Shakespeare canon, according to most editors, thepoem's authenticity has been vigorously challenged in recent years. Its status is crucial to how critics assess the authority of the quarto's ordering of sonnets and interpret the structure of the sequence as a whole. These two problems of attribution are each addressed in five separate chaptersthat describe the converging results of different approaches and rebut counter-arguments. Stylometric techniques, using the resources of computers and electronic databases, are applied and the research methodologies of other scholars explained and evaluated. Quantitative tests are supplemented withtraditional literary-critical analysis.

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Editors of Shakespeare's Complete Works must decide what to include. Although not in the First Folio collection of 1623, The Two Noble Kinsmen and Edward III have now entered the canon as plays co-authored by Shakespeare. Determining the Shakespeare Canon makes the case for lifting Arden ofFaversham, first published in 1592, over the s...

MacDonald P. Jackson is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, a Fellow of the New Zealand Academy of the Humanities, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. He has published widely on Shakespeare and his contemporaries, and has also been a critic, historian, anthologist, broadcaster, and e...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:July 19, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionPart One: Arden of Faversham1. Shakespeare and the Quarrel Scene in Arden of Faversham2. Reviewing Authorship Studies of Shakespeare and his Contemporaries3. Gentlemen, Arden of Faversham, and Shakespeare's Early Collaborations4. Parallels and Poetry: Shakespeare, Kyd, and rden of Faversham5. Arden of Faversham: Counter-arguments and ConclusionsPart Two: A Lover's Complaint6. A Lover's Complaint: Phrases and Collocations7. Spellings in A Lover's Complaint as Evidence of Authorship8. Neologisms and 'Non-Shakespearean' Words in A Lover's Complaint9. A Lover's Complaint, Cymbeline, and the Shakespeare Canon: Interpreting Shared Vocabulary10. A Lover's Complaint: Counter-arguments and ConclusionsAppendix 1. Literature Online Data for Chapter 1Appendix 2. Literature Online Data for Chapter 2Appendix 3. Literature Online Data for Chapter 3Appendix 4. Literature Online Data for Chapter 6Appendix 5. Literature Online Data for Chapter 7Bibliography