The Foundations of Shakespeare’s Text

H. R. Woudhuysen

in Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 125, 2003 Lectures

Published by British Academy

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780197263242
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734014 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

The Foundations of Shakespeare’s Text

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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

Chapter.  15808 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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