A Concise Companion to Shakespeare and the Text introduces the early editions, editing practices, and publishing history of Shakespeare's plays and poems, and examines their influence on bibliographic studies as a whole. * The first single-volume book to provide an accessible and authoritative introduction to Shakespearean bibliographic studies* Includes a helpful introduction, notes on Shakespeare's texts, and a useful bibliography* Contributors represent both leading and emerging scholars in the field* Represents an unparalleled resource for both students and faculty
Andrew Murphy is Professor of English at the University of St. Andrews. He is the author of Shakespeare in Print: A History and Chronology of Shakespeare Publishing (2003), the editor of The Renaissance Text: Theory, Editing, Textuality (2000), and co-editor of Shakespeare and Scotland (2004).
Notes on Contributors. Acknowledgments. Note on Texts. Introduction: What Happens in Hamlet? (Andrew Murphy). Part I Histories of the Books. 1 The Publishing Trade in Shakespeare's Time (Helen Smith). 2 Reading and Authorship: The Circulation of Shakespeare 1590-1619 (Peter Stallybrass and Roger Chartier). 3 Shakespeare Writ Small: Early Single Editions of Shakespeare's Plays (Thomas L. Berger). 4 The Life of the First Folio in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (Anthony James West). Part II Theories of Editing. 5 The Birth of the Editor (Andrew Murphy). 6 The Science of Editing (Paul Werstine). 7 Editing Shakespeare in a Postmodern Age (Leah S. Marcus). 8 Shakespeare and the Electronic Text (Michael Best). Part III Practicalities. 9 Working with the Text: Editing in Practice (David Bevington). 10 Working with the Texts: Differential Readings (Sonia Massai). 11 Mapping Shakespeare's Contexts: Doing Things with Databases (Neil Rhodes). Afterword (John Drakakis). Bibliography. Index.