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Afterworlds: Thomas Middleton, the book, and the genre of continuation

Jeffrey Todd Knight

in Formal matters

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2013 | ISBN: 9780719085536
Published online January 2015 | e-ISBN: 9781781707173 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719085536.003.0005
Afterworlds: Thomas Middleton, the book, and the genre of continuation

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Jeffrey Knight’s essay on what he terms the ‘genre of continuation’ grapples with the question of how the material, printed book enabled new modes of authorship. Distinct from the humanist tradition of ‘literary response,’ the genre of continuation in fact develops out of the ways in which men and women treated books in the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century (binding them together, for example). In Knight’s reading, the genre of continuation imagines a kind of afterlife for the book which is akin to the human afterlife in its relative importance to the original, or starter, book.

Keywords: Thomas Middleton; William Shakespeare; authorship; The rape of Lucrece; The ghost of Lucrece; The black book

Chapter.  9494 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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