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P. J. Marshall

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263242

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263242.001.0001

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The Foundations of Shakespeare’s Text

The Foundations of Shakespeare’s Text

Shakespeare Lecture

(p.68) (p.69) The Foundations of Shakespeare’s Text
Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 125, 2003 Lectures

H. R. Woudhuysen

British Academy

This lecture discusses the foundations of Shakespeare's text, starting with a summary of the current views of the texts of his plays and how they should be edited. It then discusses the recent work on the attribution of plays and poems to Shakespeare. The lecture addresses some of the assumptions about the status and significance of English Renaissance play texts and the handling of certain typographic features. It also looks at the considerations of the implications of supposing that Shakespeare revised his own works. A critical account of several recent editorial views of those who advocate ‘unediting’ is also presented.

Keywords:   Shakespeare's text, English Renaissance, typographic features, editorial views, unediting, Shakespeare

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