Shakespeare and the Book
By (author) David Scott Kastan
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Shakespeare and the Book by David Scott Kastan
Book DescriptionShakespeare and the Book is a lively and learned account of Shakespeare's plays as they were transformed from scripts to be performed into books to be read, and eventually from popular entertainments into the centerpieces of the English literary canon. Kastan examines the motives and activities of Shakespeare's first publishers, the curious eighteenth-century schizophrenia that saw Shakespeare radically modified on stage at the very moment that scholars were working to establish and restore the 'genuine' texts, and the exhilarating possibilities of electronic media for presenting Shakespeare now to new generations of readers. This is an important contribution to Shakespearean textual scholarship, to the history of the early English book trade, and to the theory of drama itself. Shakespeare and the Book persuades its readers of the resiliency of the book itself as a technology and of Shakespeare's own extraordinary resiliency that has been made possible not least by print.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521786515
(216mm x 138mm x 11mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 20-Sep-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author David Scott Kastan
Will to Believe, Paperback (June 2016)
A Will to Believe is a revised version of Kastan's 2008 Oxford Wells Shakespeare Lectures, providing a provocative account of the ways in which religion animates Shakespeare's plays.
Remembering Shakespeare, Paperback (March 2012)
Examines such treasures as the earliest known manuscript of "Macbeth", a sixteenth-century reader's notes on Shakespeare, and a proof copy of Walt Whitman's "Shakespeare-Bacon's Cipher", to show how various, idiosyncratic acts of memory over hundreds of years have given us the texts, and even the person, we remember as 'Shakespeare'.
Arden Shakespeare Complete Works, Paperback (November 2011)
A revised edition of the best-selling Arden Shakespeare Complete Works which includes the full text of Double Falsehood, Shakespeare's "lost" play, published to critical acclaim in the Arden Third Series in 2010.
Taming of the Shrew, Paperback (August 2008)» View all books by David Scott Kastan
Part of the "Barnes & Noble Shakespeare" series, this title brings us the feisty Katherina (the 'Shrew' of the title) and her peers. It addresses issues of cruelty and gender relations.
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Author Biography - David Scott Kastan
David Scott Kastan is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He is a specialist on Shakespeare and early modern culture. His most recent book is Shakespeare After Theory (1999) and his other publications include Shakespeare and the Shapes of Time (1981), Staging the Renaissance (1991, edited with Peter Stallybrass), Critical Essays on Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' (1995), The New History of Early English Drama (1997, edited with John Cox, and winner of the 1998 ATHE award for the best book on theatre history), and A Companion to Shakespeare (1999).
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