The Quest for Cardenio: Shakespeare, Fletcher, Cervantes, and the Lost Play

Hardcover | October 6, 2012

EditorDavid Carnegie, Gary Taylor

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This book is about the search for a lost play. Celebrating the quatercentenary of publication of the first translation of Don Quixote, it is the first collection of essays entirely devoted to The History of Cardenio, a play based on Cervantes and probably written in that same year. It was saidto be written by Shakespeare and the young man who was taking his place, John Fletcher, the most successful English playwright of the seventeenth century. The book brings together leading scholars, critics, and theatre practitioners to discuss the lost (or partially lost) play. It also re-examines Lewis Theobald's 1727 Double Falsehood, allegedly based on Cardenio. A range of approaches -new archival evidence, employment of advanced computer-aidedstylometric tests for authorship attribution, early modern theatre history, literary and theatrical analysis, musicology, and recent theatrical productions and adaptations - produces new research findings about the play, Shakespeare, Fletcher, Cervantes, and the early modern relationship betweenSpanish and English culture. The book establishes the dates, venues, and audience for two performances of Cardenio by the King's Men in 1613, and identifies glimpses of the play in several seventeenth-century documents. It also provides much new evidence and analysis of Double Falsehood, whichTheobald claimed was based on previously unknown manuscripts of a play by Shakespeare. His enemies, especially Pope, denied the Shakespeare attribution. Debate has continued ever since.While some contributors advocate sceptical caution, new research provides stronger evidence than ever before that a lost Fletcher/Shakespeare Cardenio can be discerned within Double Falsehood. Uniquely, this collection combines archival research and literary analysis with accounts of recenttheatrical experiments, which explore the Cardenio problem by reviving or adapting Double Falsehood, and demonstrate that such practical theatrical work throws valuable light on some of the problems that have obstructed traditional scholarly approaches. It thus offers a new paradigm for the creativeinteraction of scholarship and performance.

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This book is about the search for a lost play. Celebrating the quatercentenary of publication of the first translation of Don Quixote, it is the first collection of essays entirely devoted to The History of Cardenio, a play based on Cervantes and probably written in that same year. It was saidto be written by Shakespeare and the young ...

David Carnegie is Research Professor of Theatre at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He is co-editor of the Cambridge edition of The Works of John Webster, and has published widely on Elizabethan drama and stagecraft. He has also worked professionally as a director, dramaturg, and critic, and directed the first full prod...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:October 6, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Setting the Stage1. David Carnegie: Introduction2. Gary Taylor: A History of The History of Cardenio3. Brean Hammond: After ArdenExternal Evidence: What the Documents Say4. Edmund G. C. King: Cardenio and the Eighteenth-century Shakespeare Canon5. Ivan Lupic: Malone's Double Falsehood6. Tiffany Stern: 'Whether one did Contrive, the other Write, / Or one Fram'd the Plot, the Other did Indite': Fletcher and Theobald as Collaborative WritersInternal Evidence: What Style and Structure Say7. MacDonald P. Jackson: Looking for Shakespeare in Double Falsehood: Stylistic Evidence8. Richard Proudfoot: Can Double Falsehood Be Merely a Forgery by Lewis Theobald?9. David Carnegie: Theobald's Pattern of Adaptation: The Duchess of Malfi and Richard II10. Gary Taylor and John V. Nance: Four Characters in Search of a Subplot: Quixote, Sancho, and CardenioIntertexts and Cross-currents11. Valerie Wayne: Don Quixote and Shakespeare's Collaborative Turn to Romance12. Huw Griffiths: The Friend in Cardenio, Double Falsehood, and Don Quixote13. Lori Leigh: Transvestism, Transformation, and Text: Cross-dressing and Gender Roles in Double Falsehood/The History of Cardenio14. Matthew Wagner: In This Good Time: Cardenio and the Temporal Character of Shakespearean DramaCardenio for Performance15. David Carnegie: A Select Chronology of Cardenio16. Gary Taylor: The Embassy, The City, The Court, The Text: Cardenio Performed in 161317. Roger Chartier: Cardenio without Shakespeare18. Angel-Luis Pujante: Nostalgia for the Cervantes-Shakespeare link: Charles David Ley's Historia de Cardenio19. Carla Della Gatta: Cultural Mobility and Transitioning Authority: Greenblatt's Cardenio Project20. Bernard Richards: Re-imagining Cardenio21. Richard Proudfoot: Will the Real Cardenio Please Stand Up: Review of Richards' Cardenio in Cambridge22. Peter Kirwan: Theobald Restor'd: Double Falsehood at the Union Theatre, Southwark23. Gregory Doran: Restoring Double Falsehood to the Perpendicular for the RSC24. David Carnegie and Lori Leigh: Exploring The History of Cardenio in Performance25. David Lawrence: Taylor's The History of Cardenio in Wellington26. Terri Bourus: 'May I be metamorphosed': Cardenio by Stages