Shakespearean Suspect Texts: The Bad Quartos and their Contexts by Laurie E. MaguireShakespearean Suspect Texts: The Bad Quartos and their Contexts by Laurie E. Maguire

Shakespearean Suspect Texts: The Bad Quartos and their Contexts

byLaurie E. Maguire

Paperback | February 12, 2007

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There are forty-one problematic play texts, variously classified as "bad quartos" or "memorial reconstructions," from Shakespeare's time. Textual criticism of these quartos has been fraught with assumption and contradiction. Maguire examines all the texts in detail. She deconstructs the theories of W.W. Greg and his followers, scrutinizing the methods by which critics diagnose texts as "bad," and examines the historical evidence for the concept of memorial reconstruction (compilation from the recollection of actors or spectators). The valuable contextual material includes fresh analysis of the New Bibliographers, the rise of English studies, Renaissance oral culture, and textual problems in nonsuspect texts. The assembly of textual information about all the suspect texts in tabular form makes the book an essential reference work.

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Title:Shakespearean Suspect Texts: The Bad Quartos and their ContextsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.98 inPublished:February 12, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521033489

ISBN - 13:9780521033480

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Part I: 1. Introduction; 2. The rise of the new bibliography; 3. Memorial reconstruction and its discontents; 4. Reporting speech, reconstructing texts; 5. Memory; Part II: 6. Introduction; 7. Diagnosing memorial reconstruction: the poem, the play, the text; 8. 'Tables ... stored full'; 9. Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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"The study is filled both with precious gems...and with small nuggets...[Maguire] shines in a real intellectual forte..." Patrick Cheney, MSA Book Reviews