Shakespeare reshaped, 1606-1623

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Clarendon Press, Oct 21, 1993 - Literary Criticism - 333 pages
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For much of the twentieth century, textual criticism of Renaissance drama concentrated upon the scribes and compositors who may have been responsible for changing the author's spelling, punctuation, and (occasionally) individual words. Shakespeare Reshaped instead focuses upon agents andinstitutions which affected playtexts much more dramatically: legislated expurgation, theatrical innovation, and posthumous adaptation. Expurgation transformed the linguistic texture of such works as King John and The Merry Wives of Windsor. The insertion of musical intervals between actsretrospectively transformed the structure ofplays as different as andIA Midsummer Night's Dream and King Lear. And, another playwright (probably Thomas Middleton) transformed Measure for Measure by expanding and adapting Shakespeare's original. Together, these studies produce a new model of thetransformation of Renaissance plays by a collective industry of the imagination.

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About the Author:
Gary Taylor is Associate Professor of English Literature at Brandeis University. He is a joint general editor of Oxford's Shakespeare: Complete Works, co-author of William Shakespeare: A Textual Companion and The Division of the Kingdoms: Shakespeare's Two Versions of "King Lear," and author of To
Analyze Delight: A Hedonist Criticism of Shakespeare.

Stanley Wells is Emeritus Professor of Shakespeare Studies at the University of Birmingham, the Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and Vice-Chairman of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Gary Taylor is Professor in the English Department at the University of Alabama. John Jowett is Associate
General Editor of the Oxford Collected Works of Thomas Middleton and co-author of Shakespeare Reshaped 1606-23. William Montgomery works for the Guardian newspaper.