Modern Shakespeare Offshoots

These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions.

Author: Ruby Cohn

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400867820

Category: Drama

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Shakespeare's plays have never had a larger audience than they do in our time. This wide viewing is complemented by modern scholarship, which has verified and elucidated the plays' texts. Nevertheless, Shakespeare's plays continue to be revised. In order to find out how and why he has been rewritten, Ruby Cohn examines modern dramatic offshoots in English, French, and German. Surveying drama intended for the serious theater, the author discusses modern versions of Shakespeare's plays, especially Macbeth, Hamlet, King Lear, and The Tempest. Although the focus is always on drama, contrast is supplied by fiction stemming from Hamlet and essays inspired by King Lear. The book concludes with an assessment of the influence of Shakespeare on the creative work of Shaw, Brecht, and Beckett. Originally published in 1976. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
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Shakespeare Survey

Ruby Cohn's book on modern transformations and adaptations of Shakespeare provokes astonishment at their variety and number , particularly since the survey confines itself largely , though not exclusively , to dramatic offshoots written ...

Author: Kenneth Muir

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521523680

Category: Drama

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The first fifty volumes of this yearbook of Shakespeare studies are being reissued in paperback.
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Adaptations of Shakespeare

In her classic book on reworkings of Shakespeare, Modern Shakespeare Offshoots, Ruby Cohn provides an alphabetical list of labels, from 'abridgement' to 'version,' but settles on the umbrella term 'offshoot,' with subcategories ...

Author: Daniel Fischlin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134692026

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 328

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Shakespeare's plays have been adapted or rewritten in various, often surprising, ways since the seventeenth century. This groundbreaking anthology brings together twelve theatrical adaptations of Shakespeares work from around the world and across the centuries. The plays include The Woman's Prize or the Tamer Tamed John Fletcher The History of King Lear Nahum Tate King Stephen: A Fragment of a Tragedy John Keats The Public (El P(blico) Federico Garcia Lorca The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui Bertolt Brecht uMabatha Welcome Msomi Measure for Measure Charles Marowitz Hamletmachine Heiner Müller Lears Daughters The Womens Theatre Group & Elaine Feinstein Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief Paula Vogel This Islands Mine Philip Osment Harlem Duet Djanet Sears Each play is introduced by a concise, informative introduction with suggestions for further reading. The collection is prefaced by a detailed General Introduction, which offers an invaluable examination of issues related to
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Shakespeare Imitations Parodies and Forgeries 1710 1820

Writing on contemporary adaptations of Shakespeare , she concludes , “ no modern offshoot has improved upon the original ” ( Modern Shakespeare Offshoots . Princeton : Princeton University Press , 1976 ) , VII .

Author: Jeffrey Kahan

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 0415288584

Category: English drama

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In their own day, the works in this collection of now all-but-forgotten plays, composed between 1710 and 1820, enjoyed much critical and commercial success. For example, Nicholas Rowe's "The Tragedy of Jane Shore" (1714) was the most popular new play of the eighteenth century, and the sixth most performed tragedy, following "Hamlet," "Macbeth," "Romeo and Juliet,"" Othello" and "King Lear." Even William Shirley's forgotten play, "Edward the Black Prince" (1750), "was well received with great applause" and had a stage history spanning three decades. This collection includes the performance text to the 1796 Ireland play, "Vortigern." The plays are all reset and, where possible, modernized from original manuscripts, with listed variants, and parallel passages traced to Shakespearean canonical texts. The set includes a new introduction by the editor, and raises important questions about the nature of artistic property and authenticity, a key area of Shakespearean research today.
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Talking Back to Shakespeare

Cohn , Modern Shakespeare Offshoots , 87. The interview Cohn quotes from was with John L. Hess in the New York Times ( January 18 , 1972 ) . 37. Eugene Ionesco , Exit the King , The Killer , and Macbett , trans .

Author: Martha Tuck Rozett

Publisher: University of Delaware Press

ISBN: 087413529X

Category: Drama

Page: 215

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"This book is about the way in which Shakespeare's plays have inspired readers to "talk back" and about some of the forms such talking back can assume. It is also about the way different interpretive communities, including students, read their cultural, political, and moral assumptions into Shakespeare's plays, appropriating and transforming elements of plot, character, and verbal text while challenging what they see as the ideological premises of the plays. Texts that talk back to Shakespeare pose questions, offer alternatives, take liberties, and fill in gaps. Some of the transformations discussed in Talking Back to Shakespeare challenge deeply held assumptions such as, for instance, that Hamlet is a tragic hero and Shylock a stereotypical grasping usurer. Others invent prior or subsequent lives for Shakespeare's characters (women characters in particular) so as to account for their actions and imagine their lives more fully than Shakespeare chooses to do. Very few of these works have received much critical attention, and some are virtually unknown or forgotten." "Rather than a comprehensive study of Shakespeare transformations, Talking Back to Shakespeare is an innovative exploration of the kinship between the kind of talking back that occurs in the classroom and the kind to be found in texts produced by writers who "rewrite" some of Shakespeare's most frequently taught and performed plays. Such re-visions unsettle the cultural authority of the plays and expose the accumulated lore that surrounds them to probing, often irreverent scrutiny." "Much of the talking back comes from marginalized readers: women, like Lillie Wyman, author of Gertrude of Denmark: An Interpretive Romance, and other nineteenth-century women critics, or Jewish writers, like Arnold Wesker, whose play The Merchant transforms the relationship between Antonio and Shylock. Some talking back comes from an international collection of oppositional voices of the 1960s, including Charles Marowitz, Aime Cesaire, Eugene Ionesco, and Joseph Papp. Talking Back to Shakespeare ranges from popular books like the recent Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley to obscure, seldom-read ones like Percy MacKaye's ambitious four-play prequel, The Mystery of Hamlet, King of Denmark. What these published texts share with student journal entries and transformations is the assumption, familiar to postmodern readers, that Shakespeare's plays are essentially unstable, culturally determined constructs capable of acquiring new meanings and new forms. By bringing together these two kinds of "talking back," Rozett challenges the traditional separation between critical and pedagogical inquiry that has until recently dominated English studies."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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Shakespeare adaptation modern Drama

First examined by ruby Cohn in her ground-breaking study, Modern Shakespeare Offshoots (1976), this critical idiom has attracted increasing interest in Shakespeare studies as well as broader literary criticism. it provides an ...

Author: Randall Martin

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9781442641747

Category: Drama

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The relationship between modern drama and Shakespeare remains intense and fruitful, as Shakespearian themes continue to permeate contemporary plays, films, and other art-forms. Shakespeare/Adaptation/Modern Drama is the first book-length international study to examine the critical and theatrical connections among these fields, including the motivations, methods, and limits of adaptation in modern performance media. Top scholars including Peter Holland, Alexander Leggatt, Brian Parker, and Stanley Wells examine such topics as the relationship between Shakespeare and modern drama in the context of current literary theories and historical accounts of adaptive and appropriative practices. Among the diverse and intriguing examples studied are the authorial self-adaptations of Tom Stoppard and Tennessee Williams, and the generic and political appropriations of Shakespeare's texts in television, musical theatre, and memoir. This illuminating and theoretically astute tribute to Renaissance and modern drama scholar Jill Levenson will stimulate further research on the evolving adaptive and intertextual relationships between influential literary works and periods.
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Shakespeare and the Modern Dramatist

Players of Shakespeare: Essays in Shakespearean Performance by Twelve Players of the Royal Shakespeare Company (Cambridge, ... Modern British Dramatists (Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1968). ... Modern Shakespeare Offshoots (Princeton, 1976).

Author: Michael Scott

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781349133406

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 164

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Theatre has never been afraid to adapt, rewrite and contemporize Shakespeare's drama since theatre by definition is a living medium involving a corporate creativity. Shakespeare himself rewrote or adapted old plays and stories and since writing his dramas have experienced many transformations. Recent dramatists following this age-old tradition have rewritten some of Shakespeare's plays for the contemporary stage or modelled their drama on formulations used by him. Michael Scott examines a selection of such plays written in the last forty years. Some, such as Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot or Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead have become famed. Others such as Ionesco's Macbett are less well known but are no less signficant. Edward Bond's Lear, Arnold Wesker's The Merchant and Charles Marowitz's Collages represent an attempt by some modern dramatists to challenge a particular ideology which appears to have appropriated Shakespeare to itself. The book concludes with an examination of some recent trends in Shakespearean production, particularly by the Royal Shakespeare Company.
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Rewriting Shakespeare s Plays For and By the Contemporary Stage

Should such works be called adaptations, transformations, offshoots (see Cohn's title)3, or something else entirely? ... such as Philip Osment's This Island's Mine, The Women's Theatre Group 3 Ruby Cohn, Modern Shakespeare Offshoots.

Author: Michael Dobson

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443878708

Category: Art

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Why have contemporary playwrights been obsessed by Shakespeare’s plays to such an extent that most of the canon has been rewritten by one rising dramatist or another over the last half century? Among other key figures, Edward Bond, Heiner Müller, Carmelo Bene, Arnold Wesker, Tom Stoppard, Howard Barker, Botho Strauss, Tim Crouch, Bernard Marie Koltès, and Normand Chaurette have all put their radical originality into the service of adapting four-century-old classics. The resulting works provide food for thought on issues such as Shakespearean role-playing, narrative and structural re-shuffling. Across the world, new writers have questioned the political implications and cultural stakes of repeating Shakespeare with and without a difference, finding inspiration in their own national experiences and in the different ordeals they have undergone. How have our contemporaries carried out their rewritings, and with what aims? Can we still play Hamlet, for instance, as Dieter Lesage asks in his book bearing this title, or do we have to “kill Shakespeare” as Normand Chaurette implies in a work where his own creative process is detailed? What do these rewritings really share with their sources? Are they meaningful only because of Shakespeare’s shadow haunting them? Where do we draw the lines between “interpretation,” “adaptation” and “rewriting”? The contributors to this collection of essays examine modern rewritings of Shakespeare from both theoretical and pragmatic standpoints. Key questions include: can a rewriting be meaningful without the reader’s or spectator’s already knowing Shakespeare? Do modern rewritings supplant Shakespeare’s texts or curate them? Does the survival of Shakespeare in the theatrical repertory actually depend on the continued dramatization of our difficult encounters with these potentially obsolete scripts represented by rewriting?
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Shakespeare and Contemporary Irish Literature

John Elsom, 'Introduction' in Is Shakespeare Still Our Contemporary?, ed. ... example Ruby Cohn, 'Shakespearean Embers in Beckett', in Modern Shakespeare Offshoots (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1976), pp.

Author: Nicholas Taylor-Collins

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319959245

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 258

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This book shows that Shakespeare continues to influence contemporary Irish literature, through postcolonial, dramaturgical, epistemological and narratological means. International critics examine a range of contemporary writers including Eavan Boland, Marina Carr, Brian Friel, Seamus Heaney, John McGahern, Frank McGuinness, Derek Mahon and Paul Muldoon, and explore Shakespeare’s tragedies, histories and comedies, as well as his sonnets. Together, the chapters demonstrate that Shakespeare continues to exert a pressure on Irish writing into the twenty-first century, sometimes because of and sometimes in spite of the fact that his writing is inextricably tied to the Elizabethan and Jacobean colonization of Ireland. Contemporary Irish writers appropriate, adopt, adapt and strategize through their engagements with Shakespeare, and indeed through his own engagement with the world around him four hundred years ago.
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Shakespeare Survey Volume 55 King Lear and Its Afterlife

But the play shows Hygd not merely as the sexually frigid source of the infidelities of her apparently much younger 6 3 Modern Shakespeare Offshoots ( Princeton , 1976 ) . 4 ( Cambridge , 1993 ) ; ( Walton - on - Thames , 1997 ) .

Author: Peter Holland

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521815878

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 410

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Published with academic researchers and graduates in mind this survey of writings on King Lear is broad and includes contributions from a number of respected scholars.
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The Oxford Shakespeare Timon of Athens

William Shakespeare, Thomas Middleton Stanley W. Wells, John Jowett ... Based on Johann Joachim Eschenburg's German translation of Shakespeare (1775–82). ... See Ruby Cohn, Modern Shakespeare Offshoots (1976). 1909.

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780198129387

Category: Drama

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Timon of Athens is a bitterly intriguing study of a fabulously rich man who wastes his wealth on his friends, and, when he is finally impoverished, learns to despise humanity with a hatred that drives him to his grave. This edition offers an up-to-date commentary on the play that is more detailed and more thorough than any previously published, as well as a detailed discussion of Thomas Middleton's collaboration with Shakespeare.
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Shakespeare in the Theatre

In Modern Shakespeare Offshoots ( Princeton , 1976 ) , Ruby Cohn " use [ s | a looser and more neutral word , offshoot , ' for the ' array of names ' by which ' rewriting of Shakespeare ' is known " ( p . 3 ) .

Author: Stephen Orgel

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0815329687

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 270

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This set collects articles from over 40 different journals, arranged topically as readers for both students and scholars. Both current literary trends and scholarly traditions are respected in his comprehensive survey of literary excellence.
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Hamlet in Pieces

Halpern's book addresses modernist critical readings of Shakespeare . 40. The production was directed by H.K. Ayliff , with Hamlet played by Colin Keith - Johnston . 41. See Cohn , Modern Shakespeare Offshoots , 201-5 . 42.

Author: Andy Lavender

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0826414613

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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Within the space of a year, between 1995 and 1996, three highly unusual shows were produced by three celebrated figures in world theatre: Qui Est La, directed by Peter Brook, Elsinore, directed by Robert Lepage, and Hamlet: a monologue, directed by Robert Wilson. Each was a version-at least in part-of Shakespeare's Hamlet, although none of them treated the show in anything like an orthodox manner.
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Elizabethan and Jacobean Reappropriation in Contemporary British Drama

In 1976, Ruby Cohn's Modern Shakespeare Offshoots became the first major study to look at the practice of Shakespearian adaptation by contemporary dramatists. Yet, the title of the book uses a horticultural term that immediately assumes ...

Author: Graham Saunders

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137444530

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 194

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This book examines British playwrights' responses to the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries since 1945, from Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead to Sarah Kane’s Blasted and Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem. Using the work of Julie Sanders and others working in the fields of Adaptation Studies and intertextual criticism, it argues that this relatively neglected area of drama, widely considered to be adaptation, should instead be considered as appropriation - as work that often mounts challenges to the ideologies and orthodoxies within Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, and questions the legitimacy and cultural authority of Shakespeare’s legacy. The book discusses the work of Howard Barker, Peter Barnes, Edward Bond, Howard Brenton, David Edgar, Elaine Feinstein and the Women’s Theatre Group, David Greig, Sarah Kane, Dennis Kelly, Bernard Kopps, Charles Marowitz, Julia Pascal and Arnold Wesker.
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Shakespeare on Film

Richard Burt, Shakespeare after Mass Media (New York and Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2002). Ruby Cohn, Modern Shakespeare Offshoots (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1976). Christy Desmet, 'Introduction', in Christy Desmet and ...

Author: Judith R. Buchanan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317874973

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

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From the earliest days of the cinema to the present, Shakespeare has offered a tempting bank of source material than the film industry has been happy to plunder. Shakespeare on Film deftly examines an extensive range of films that have emerged from the curious union of an iconic dramatist with a medium of mass appeal. The many films Buchanan studies are shown to be telling indicators of trends in Shakespearean performance interpretation, illuminating markers of developments in the film industry and culturally revealing about broader influences in the world beyond the movie theatre. As with other titles from the Inside Film series, the book is illustrated throughout with stills. Each chapter concludes with a list of suggested further reading in the field.
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In Our Own Image Fictional Representations of William Shakespeare

To honour my renown not for an age But for all time.106 Shakespeare issues a challenge to his upstart rival which is ... Ruby Cohn in her chapter on Shakespeare and Shaw in Modern Shakespeare Offshoots aptly summarizes Shaw's view of ...

Author: David Livingstone

Publisher: Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci

ISBN: 9788024456836

Category: Art

Page: 344

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This publication looks at fictional portrayals of William Shakespeare with a focus on novels, short stories, plays, occasional poems, films, television series and even comics. In terms of time span, the analysis covers the entire twentieth century and ends in the present-day. The authors included range from well-known figures (G.B. Shaw, Kipling, Joyce) to more obscure writers. The depictions of Shakespeare are varied to say the least, with even interpretations giving credence to the Oxfordian theory and feminist readings involving a Shakespearian sister of sorts. The main argument is that readings of Shakespeare almost always inform us more about the particular author writing the specific work than about the historical personage.
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Great Shakespeareans Set IV

177 178 180 See Jan Kott, Shakespeare our Contemporary, second edition, trans. by Boreslaw Taborski (London: Methuen, 1967). ... 10 Ruby Cohn, Modern Shakespeare Offshoots (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1976), 295–308.

Author: Adrian Poole

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472578655

Category: Literary Criticism

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Great Shakespeareans presents a systematic account of those figures who have had the greatest influence on the interpretation, understanding and cultural reception of Shakespeare, both nationally and internationally. This major project offers an unprecedented scholarly analysis of the contribution made by the most important Shakespearean critics, editors, actors and directors as well as novelists, poets, composers, and thinkers from the seventeenth to the twentieth century. An essential resource for students and scholars in Shakespeare studies.
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Timon of Athens The Oxford Shakespeare

William Shakespeare John Jowett. 1786. Catherine the Great (Catherine II), ... Based on Johann Joachim Eschenburg's German translation of Shakespeare (1775–82). ... See Ruby Cohn, Modern Shakespeare Offshoots (1976). 1909.

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191623080

Category: Drama

Page: 384

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The Oxford Shakespeare General Editor: Stanley Wells The Oxford Shakespeare offers authoritative texts from leading scholars in editions designed to interpret and illuminate the plays for modern readers - A new, modern-spelling text, collated and edited from all existing printings - On-page commentary and notes explain meaning, staging, language, and allusions - Detailed introduction provides a full account of the play's performance history and explores issues of gender, gift-theory, and ecology - Appendices include source materials and a chronology of major productions worldwide - Illustrated with production photographs and related art - Full index to introduction and commentary - Durable sewn binding for lasting use 'not simply a better text but a new conception of Shakespeare. This is a major achievement of twentieth-century scholarship.' ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
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Shakespeare s Theatre

sequels the script with its Shakespearean antecedents as productions of it increased in the late twentieth century . ... A survey of some other modern sequels to Shakespeare is found in Ruby Cohn's Modern Shakespeare Offshoots ...

Author: Hugh Macrae Richmond

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0826477763

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 570

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Under an alphabetical list of relevant terms, names and concepts, the book reviews current knowledge of the character and operation of theatres in Shakespeare's time, with an explanation of their origins>
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Shakespeare s Rise to Cultural Prominence

I do not suggest that Shakespeare alterations produced between 1660 and 1677 were apolitical. ... Modern Shakespeare Offshoots (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1976); Christy Desmet and Robert Sawyer, eds., Shakespeare and ...

Author: Emma Depledge

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108667340

Category: Literary Criticism

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Shakespeare's rise to prominence was by no means inevitable. While he was popular in his lifetime, the number of new editions and revivals of his plays declined over the following decades. Emma Depledge uses the methodologies of book and theatre history to provide a re-assessment of the reputation and dissemination of Shakespeare during the Interregnum and Restoration. She demonstrates the crucial role of the Exclusion Crisis (1678–1682), a political crisis over the royal succession, as a foundational moment in Shakespeare's canonisation. The period saw a sudden surge of theatrical alterations and a significantly increased rate of new editions and stage revivals. In the wake of the Exclusion Crisis, Shakespeare's plays were made available on a scale not witnessed since the early seventeenth century, thus reversing what might otherwise have been a permanent disappearance of his drama from canonical familiarity and firmly establishing Shakespeare's work in the national cultural imagination.
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