Shakespeare and Manuscript Drama: Canon, Collaboration and Text

Shakespeare and Manuscript Drama: Canon, Collaboration and Text

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James Purkis
Cambridge University Press, 6/13/2016
EAN 9781107119680, ISBN10: 1107119685

Hardcover, 340 pages, 23.6 x 16 x 2 cm
Language: English

How did Shakespeare write his plays and how were they revised during their passage to the stage? James Purkis answers these questions through a fresh examination of often overlooked evidence provided by manuscripts used in early modern playhouses. Considering collaboration and theatre practice, this book explores manuscript plays by Anthony Munday, Thomas Middleton, and Thomas Heywood to establish new accounts of theatrical revision that challenge formerly dominant ideas in Shakespearean textual studies. The volume also reappraises Shakespeare's supposed part in the Sir Thomas More manuscript by analysing the palaeographic, orthographic, and stylistic arguments for Shakespeare's authorship of three of the document's pages. Offering a new account of manuscript writing that avoids conventional narrative forms, Purkis argues for a Shakespeare fully participant in a manuscript's collaborative process, demanding a reconsideration of his dramatic canon. The book will greatly interest researchers and advanced students of Shakespeare studies, textual history, authorship studies and theatre historians.

Part I. Text, Collaboration, Evidence
1. The theatrical text and the new bibliography
John a Kent and John a Cumber
2. 'Foul papers', 'prompt books', and textual sufficiency
The Captives
3. Attribution, collaboration, and The Second Maiden's Tragedy
Part II. Shakespearean Coincidences
4. Curious coincidences
the collaborations of Sir Thomas More
5. Singularly Shakespearean
attributing the Hand-D addition of More
6. Canon, apocrypha, and Sir Thomas More
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