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‘For the author's credit’: Issues of Authorship in English Renaissance Drama

Heather Hirschfeld

in The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Theatre

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199697861
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199697861.013.0027

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 ‘For the author's credit’: Issues of Authorship in English Renaissance Drama

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At the start of the twenty-first century, contemporary scholarship began to take account of the multiple meanings and functions of authorship in Renaissance drama in England, complicating earlier assumptions about the playwright and his relation to scripts both on stage and in print. This article looks at the development of the dramatist as a literary and cultural figure and its relation to the rapid emergence and institutionalisation of the public theatre in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. It argues that playwrights became increasingly aware of and concerned with the ways in which their work might redound to what Hieronimo in Thomas Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy calls the ‘author's credit’: to financial reward but also to gains in professional reputation and status. It also explores the connection of playwrights and players, the intersection of the playwright with the emergent book trade, and the demand for collaborative playwriting.

Keywords: authorship; Renaissance; drama; England; theatre; author's credit; playwrights; players; book trade; collaborative playwriting

Article.  7176 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800) ; Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights)

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