1st Edition

Rethinking Shakespeare Source Study
Audiences, Authors, and Digital Technologies





ISBN 9780367591823
Published August 14, 2020 by Routledge
350 Pages

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Book Description

This book asks new questions about how and why Shakespeare engages with source material, and about what should be counted as sources in Shakespeare studies. The essays demonstrate that source study remains an indispensable mode of inquiry for understanding Shakespeare, his authorship and audiences, and early modern gender, racial, and class relations, as well as for considering how new technologies have and will continue to redefine our understanding of the materials Shakespeare used to compose his plays. Although source study has been used in the past to construct a conservative view of Shakespeare and his genius, the volume argues that a rethought Shakespearean source study provides opportunities to examine models and practices of cultural exchange and memory, and to value specific cultures and difference. Informed by contemporary approaches to literature and culture, the essays revise conceptions of sources and intertextuality to include terms like "haunting," "sustainability," "microscopic sources," "contamination," "fragmentary circulation" and "cultural conservation." They maintain an awareness of the heterogeneity of cultures along lines of class, religious affiliation, and race, seeking to enhance the opportunity to register diverse ideas and frameworks imported from foreign material and distant sources. The volume not only examines print culture, but also material culture, theatrical paradigms, generic assumptions, and oral narratives. It considers how digital technologies alter how we find sources and see connections among texts. This book asserts that how critics assess and acknowledge Shakespeare’s sources remains interpretively and politically significant; source study and its legacy continues to shape the image of Shakespeare and his authorship. The collection will be valuable to those interested in the relationships between Shakespeare’s work and other texts, those seeking to understand how the legacy of source study has shaped Shakespeare as a cultural phenomenon, and those studying source study, early modern authorship, implications of digital tools in early modern studies, and early modern literary culture.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents





Introduction



Dennis Austin Britton and Melissa Walter





 



Part One: Source Study, Sustainability, and Cultural Diversity





Toward a Sustainable Source Study



Lori Humphrey Newcomb





Contaminatio, Race, and Pity in Othello



Dennis Austin Britton





Translating Plautus to Bohemia: Ruzante, Ludovico, and The Winter’s Tale



Jane Tylus





Veiled Revenants and the Risks of Hospitality: Euripides’ Alcestis, the



Renaissance Novella, and Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing



Susanne L. Wofford





 



Part Two: Sources and Audiences





Traces of Knowledge: Microsource Study in Cymbeline and Lear



Meredith Beales





Reconstructing Holinshed: History and Romance in Henry VIII



Dimitry Senyshyn





Shakespeare’s Transformative Art: Theatrical Paradigms as Sources



in All’s Well that Ends Well and Macbeth



David Kay





 



Part Three: Authorship and Transmission





Diachronic and Synchronic: Two Problems of Textual Relations



in The Comedy of Errors



Kent Cartwright





Greek Sacrifice in Shakespeare’s Rome: Titus Andronicus and Iphigenia



in Aulis



Penelope Meyers Usher





Multiple Materials and Motives in Two Gentlemen of Verona



Meredith Skura





The Curious Case of Mr. William Shakespeare and the Red Herring:



Twelfth Night and its Sources



Mark Houlahan





 



Part Four: Source Study in the Digital Age





Shakespeare Source Study in the Age of Google: Revisiting



Greenblatt’s Elephant’s and Horatio’s Ground



Brett D. Hirsch and Laurie Johnson





"Tangled in a net": Shakespeare the Adaptor/Shakespeare the Source



Janelle Jenstad





Lost Plays and Source Study



David McInnis





 

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Editor(s)

Biography

Dennis Austin Britton is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of New Hampshire, USA.



Melissa Walter is Associate Professor in the Department of English at University of the Fraser Valley, Canada.