Reading Readings: Essays on Shakespeare Editing in the Eighteenth Century

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Joanna Gondris
Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 1998 - Editing - 379 pages
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Reading Readings begins with a long provocative essay by Random Cloud decrying eighteenth-century Shakespeare editions. The seventeen essays that follow assert the power of eighteenth-century editions to engage and inform the late twentieth-century reader. Together these essays show the many ways in which an examination of eighteenth-century Shakespeare editions can illuminate our understanding of Shakespeare, the eighteenth century, and the history and practice of editing.

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Shakspear Babel
Grammatical Emendation in Some EighteenthCentury Editions of Shakespeare with Particular Reference to Cymbeline
The Scene Changes? Stage Directions in EighteenthCentury Acting Editions of Shakespeare
Examining the Parts Linebyline Analysis and the Redistribution of Meaning
Lewis Theobald Edmond Malone and Others
The EighteenthCentury Shakespeare Variorum Page as a Critical Structure
Chedworth and the Territoriality of the Reader
Hamlets Mousetrap and the PlaywithintheAnecdote of Plutarch
The Rowe Editions of 17091714 and 31 of The Taming of the Shrew
Hanmers Winters Tale
The Annotation of Shakespeares Bawdy Tongue after Samuel Johnson
Editing and the Marketplace
Warburton Anonymity and the Shakespeare Wars
Anonymity and the Erasure of Shakespeares First EighteenthCentury Editor
A Comparison of the Two Editions of A Midsummer Nights Dream
Visual Images of Hamlet 17091800

Lewis Theobald and Theories of Editing
Codifying Gender The Disturbing Presence of Women
Where lies your Text?
Contending with Ophelia in the Eighteenth Century
The Editing and Publication of Shakespeares Poems in the Eighteenth Century

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Page 167 - I have heard That guilty creatures, sitting at a play, Have by the very cunning of the scene Been struck so to the soul that presently They have proclaim'd their malefactions; For murder, though it have no tongue, will speak With most miraculous organ.
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Page 293 - The Family Shakspeare ; in which nothing is added to the Original Text ; but those words and expressions are omitted which cannot with propriety be read aloud.
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Page 311 - He had, what is the first requisite to emendatory criticism, that intuition by which the poet's intention is immediately discovered, and that dexterity of intellect which despatches its work by the easiest means. He had undoubtedly read much; his acquaintance with customs, opinions, and traditions, seems to have been large; and he is often learned without show.

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