Shakespeare Reshaped, 1606-1623

Hardcover | January 1, 1974

byGary Taylor, John Jowett

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For much of the twentieth century, textual criticism of Renaissance drama concentrated upon the scribes and compositors who may have been responsible for changing the author's spelling, punctuation, and (occasionally) individual words. Shakespeare Reshaped instead focuses upon agents andinstitutions which affected playtexts much more dramatically: legislated expurgation, theatrical innovation, and posthumous adaptation. Expurgation transformed the linguistic texture of such works as King John and The Merry Wives of Windsor. The insertion of musical intervals between actsretrospectively transformed the structure ofplays as different as andIA Midsummer Night's Dream and King Lear. And, another playwright (probably Thomas Middleton) transformed Measure for Measure by expanding and adapting Shakespeare's original. Together, these studies produce a new model of thetransformation of Renaissance plays by a collective industry of the imagination.

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For much of the twentieth century, textual criticism of Renaissance drama concentrated upon the scribes and compositors who may have been responsible for changing the author's spelling, punctuation, and (occasionally) individual words. Shakespeare Reshaped instead focuses upon agents andinstitutions which affected playtexts much more d...

Gary Taylor, Professor of English, Brandeis University, Massachusetts. John Jowett, Lecturer in English, University of Glasgow.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:344 pagesPublished:January 1, 1974Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019812256X

ISBN - 13:9780198122562

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`the insights and arguments provided by Gary Taylor and John Jowett offer fresh challenges to anyone setting out to edit any Renaissance dramatic text ... The 'proof' which Taylor and Jowett provide to show that Middleton and not Shakespeare wrote the opening of the second scene of Measure forMeasure is impressive: both exhaustive and exhausting. It draws on a wide range of statistical, bibliographical, stylistic, dramaturgical, and historical evidence. So cleverly do the two authors present their case that this reader was left sensing that they had available to them an armoury whichcould enable them to prove that almost any scene by anyone was written by someone else. If Taylor and Jowett's case is sound, we owe a considerable debt to Middleton.'J.G. Saunders, Chichester Institute of Higher Education, Review of English Studies, Vol. 47, No. 186, May '96