Rethinking Theatrical Documents in Shakespeare's England

Rethinking Theatrical Documents in Shakespeare's England

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This collection brings together major scholars to introduce, analyze and theorize the rich variety of entangled documents produced in the playhouse before, during and after performance. With sections on the documents from which a play was constructed and learned, including sources, plots, drafts and casting lists, repertory lists, actors' parts; the documents from which a play was performed (including prologues and epilogues, staged titleboards, staged books); the documents into which a play resolved after performance (including passages in miscellanies and commonplace books, and ballads); and the documents that survive when a play itself does not, it presents a major intervention in the stage-page field and the critical, editorial, historical and material fields that depend on it. Providing new material and new ways of thinking about that material, it informs and complicates ideas about play-construction, performance, revision, and reception, redefining the relationship between play, text and performance.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 129 x 198mm
  • The Arden Shakespeare
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 11 bw illus
  • 1350051349
  • 9781350051348

Table of contents

List of Illustrations
Note on the Text
Notes on Contributors


Part One: Documents Before Performance

1 Writing a Play with Robert Daborne: Lucy Munro (King's College, London, UK)
2 A Sharers' Repertory: Holger Syme (University of Toronto, Canada)
3 Parts and the Playscript: Seven Questions: James J. Marino (Cleveland State University, USA)
4 Undocumented: Improvisation, Rehearsal and the Clown: Richard Preiss (University of Utah, USA)

Part Two: Documents of Performance
5 `Rethinking Prologues on Page and Stage': Sonia Massai (King's College, London) and Heidi Craig (The Folger Shakespeare Library, USA)
6 Title-and Scene-Boards: The Largest, Shortest Documents: Matt Steggle (Sheffield Hallam University, UK)
7 `What is a staged book? Books as `Actors' in the Early Modern English Theatre' (Sarah Wall-Randell, Wellesley College, USA)

Part Three: Documents After Performance
8 Flowers for English Speaking: Play Extracts and Conversation: Andras Kisery (The City College of New York, USA)
9 Shakespearean Extracts and the Misrepresentation of the Archive: Laura Estill (Texas A and M University, USA)
10 Typography After Performance: Claire M. L. Bourne (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
11 Shakespeare the Balladmonger: Tiffany Stern (Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, UK)

Part Four: Documents Beyond Performance
12 Lost Documents, Absent Documents, Forged Documents: Roslyn Knutson (University of Arkansas, USA) and David McInnis (University of Melbourne, Australia)

13 Afterward: Peter Holland (Notre Dame University, USA)

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About Tiffany Stern

Tiffany Stern is Professor of Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama at the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, UK. She is the author of Rehearsal from Shakespeare to Sheridan, Making Shakespeare, Shakespeare in Parts (with Simon Palfrey) and Documents of Performance in Early Modern England. She has co-edited a collection of essays with Farah Karim-Cooper, Shakespeare's Theatres and the Effects of Performance, and has edited King Leir, Sheridan's The Rivals, Farquhar's Recruiting Officer, and Brome's Jovial Crew. She is general editor of New Mermaids and the Arden Fourth series.
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