How to Read a Shakespearean Play Text by Eugene GiddensHow to Read a Shakespearean Play Text by Eugene Giddens

How to Read a Shakespearean Play Text

EditorEugene Giddens

Paperback | March 28, 2011

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This is an invaluable introductory guide for the English student who needs to decipher a page from a play, or a facsimile equivalent, from the Shakespearean period. The original quartos and folios of early play texts are increasingly subject to editorial and critical scrutiny, and electronic facsimiles are making the originals accessible to undergraduate and graduate students. Giddens provides a practical 'how to' guide to the original printed texts of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. He explains how the features of the play text came about, what the different elements mean, and who created them. The book provides that important first step towards bibliography and critical editing, presenting a detailed account of how to read these early texts and how they have been turned into the modern editions we are accustomed to.
Title:How to Read a Shakespearean Play TextFormat:PaperbackDimensions:198 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.39 inPublished:March 28, 2011Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521713978

ISBN - 13:9780521713979

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The creation and circulation of play texts; 2. The features of play texts; 3. Reading the originals; 4. Reading modern editions; Bibliography.

Editorial Reviews

'This book provides practical guidance on how to read specific bibliographical features of early modern printed playbooks, while constantly drawing attention to the larger question of how these features affect the reader's experience.' Sonia Massai, King's College London