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Title: Reading Shakespeare through collaboration : agency, authority and textual space in Shakespearean drama
Author: Young, Jennifer
Awarding Body: King's College London (University of London)
Current Institution: King's College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2013
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While recent scholarship understands early modern play production as a collaborative process between multiple playhouse agents, the contributions of those stationers responsible for the rise of Shakespeare in print are often dismissed as acts of textual corruption. Particularly in the case of Shakespeare, who was not directly involved in the publication of his plays, the interaction of printers and publishers with his texts is central to the more inclusive understanding of the printing and publishing of Shakespeare in his time proposed in this dissertation. Each chapter explores largely neglected textual interactions between Shakespeare and his stationers in order to demonstrate how the group of play quartos discussed in it are products of thoroughly collaborative publishing ventures. Examining collections of commercial drama in print produced by playwright and stationer partnerships in London between 1594-1632, my research shows that collaboration was a recurrent phenomenon in early modern dramatic publication and instrumental to Shakespeare’s presentation in print. Key to this approach is my understanding of dramatic publications not simply as material artefacts but as complex textual spaces within which all agents, though not necessarily in the same place or at the same time, contributed in distinctive and significant ways to the production of Shakespeare’s plays in print. Considering playtexts as the product of textual collaboration, the printing and the publication process become sites of textual production, rather than contamination by non-authorial agents. This thesis also offers a new methodology for identifying non-authorial intervention in early printed playbooks, positioning the work of such agents as integral to their textual and bibliographic make-up.
Supervisor: Massai, Sonia ; McMullan, Gordon Alexander Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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