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Palgrave Macmillan

The Creation and Re-creation of Cardenio

Performing Shakespeare, Transforming Cervantes

ISBN 9781137344205
Publication Date September 2013
Formats Paperback Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Did Shakespeare really join John Fletcher to write Cardenio, a lost play based on Don Quixote? In 2009, the world's first academic symposium dedicated to the "lost play" was convened in New Zealand. Since then, a flurry of activity has confirmed the play's place in the literary canon. Drawing on cutting-edge scholarship and organized around the first full-scale production of Gary Taylor's recreation of the Jacobean play, these sixteen essays suggest the play was not "lost" but was instead deliberately "disappeared" because of its controversial treatment of race and sexuality.
Breaking new ground, this collection gives equal attention to Shakespeare, Cervantes, and Fletcher. With an emphasis on the importance of theatrical experiment and performance, a copy of Taylor's script, a photographic record of Bourus's production, and historical research by respected scholars in the fields of early modern England and Spain, this book makes a bold and definitive statement about the collaborative nature of Cardenio.

Terri Bourus is Associate Professor of English Drama at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA, and one of three General Editors of the New Oxford Shakespeare project, forthcoming in 2016. She is an Equity actor and prize-winning teacher turned textual scholar. Bourus is the Founding Artistic Director of Hoosier Bard Productions and she directed the Indianapolis production of The History of Cardenio (2012). She has published on the art of acting and the business of the book trade, as well as editing multimedia editions of Hamlet and A Midsummer Night's Dream, and digital editions of two plays by John Fletcher.

Gary Taylor is Distinguished Research Professor of English at Florida State University, USA. He is the editor of two series published by Palgrave Macmillan, The History of Text Technologies and Signs of Race, and the lead General Editor of the New Oxford Shakespeare project. He is the author of 22 books, including Moment by Moment by Shakespeare (winner of a Choice Award for "Outstanding Academic Book"), Reinventing Shakespeare, Cultural Selection, and Castration: An Abbreviated History of Western Manhood. He co-edited The Quest for Cardenio: Shakespeare, Fletcher, Cervantes and the Lost Play (2012) and John Fletcher's The Tamer Tamed, and was General Editor of The Collected Works of Thomas Middleton, which won both the Modern Languages Association prize for a Distinguished Scholarly Edition and the Elizabeth Dietz award for Outstanding Book in Early Modern Studies.

Foreword: Mr Fletcher and Shakespeare. [and Theobald]; Roger Chartier
1. The Passion of Readers, the Imitation of Texts: The History of Reading in the Quest for Cardenio; Elizabeth Spiller
2. Reading Cervantes, or Shelton, or Phillips: The Source(s) of Cardenio and Double Falsehood; Gary Taylor and Steven Wagschal
3. The 1612 Don Quixote and the Windet-Stansby Printing House; David Gants
4. Quixote on the English Stage: A New Glimpse of Cardenio?; Gerald Baker
5. Blessed with a Baby or 'bum-fiddled with a bastard'?: Maternity in Fletcher's The Chances and Cervantes' Novela de la señora Cornelia; Joyce Boro
6. Girls on the Run: Love's Pilgrimage, The Coxcomb, and Double Falsehood; Christopher Hicklin
7. Furious Soldiers and Mad Lovers: Plotting Fletcher and The History of Cardenio; Vimala C. Pasupathi
8. 'Shall I never see a lusty man again?' John Fletcher's Men, 1608-1715; Huw Griffiths
9. Shakespeare, Theobald, and the Prose Problem in Double Falsehood; John V. Nance
10. Sleight of Mind: Cognitive Illusions and Shakespearian Desire; Gary Taylor
11. The 'Unscene' and Unstaged in Double Falsehood, Cardenio, and Shakespeare's Romances; Lori Leigh
12. Performing Spanish Culture Through Flamenco: Aurality and Embodiment in the Royal Shakespeare Company's Cardenio; Carla della Gatta
13. Poner en escena The History of Cardenio; Terri Bourus
14. Review of The History of Cardenio (2012); Gerald Baker
15. Cardenio: Shakespeare's Lost Race Play?; Ayanna Thompson
16. A Posthumous Collaborator's Preface; Gary Taylor
17. The History of Cardenio, 1612-2012; John Fletcher, William Shakespeare, and Gary Taylor

Gary Taylor, Florida State University, USA
Terri Bourus, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA
Gerald Baker, Independent Scholar, UK
Joyce Boro, Associate Professor of English, Université de Montréal, Canada
Roger Chartier; Collège de France, France
David Gants, Florida State University, USA
Carla Della Gatta, Northwestern University, USA
Huw Griffiths, University of Sydney, USA
Christopher Hicklin, Associate Editor of the Early Modern London Theatres website
Lori Leigh, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
John V. Nance, Florida State University, USA
Vimala Pasupathi, Hofstra University, USA
Kevin C. Robbins, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA
Elizabeth Spiller, Florida State University, USA
Ayanna Thompson, Arizona State University, USA
Steven Wagschal, Indiana University Bloomington, USA


"Taylor and Bourus's The Creation and Re-creation of Cardenio is a game-changer in Shakespeare studies. From now on, no one will be able to discuss the Shakespeare canon without reference to this book or the inclusion of Taylor's Cardenio." - David Black, award-winning novelist, television writer and producer, and Scholar-in-Residence, Kirkland House, Harvard University, USA
"Gary Taylor and Terri Bourus make Shakespeare come alive with such enthusiasm, you'd swear the Bard himself was sitting in the room with them. Meticulous and passionate scholars, they don't shy away from questioning long-held theories and testing them - not only through extensive research - but also through the crucible of live performance. It does not surprise me that they would tackle the reconstruction of Cardenio or that Gary would take some twenty years to do it. When they're done, Cardenio will certainly stand as a testament to how painstaking line-by-line scholarship can combine with academic imagination to create pure joy." - Jim Simmons, Producer/Writer of 'Shakespeare Lost/Shakespeare Found' TV documentary about 'The History of Cardenio'
"This is, without question, the most important critical anthology on Cardenio to date and essential reading for anyone interested in the fast emerging field of 'lost plays' in early modern England. Not only have Taylor and Bourus brought together essays by a diverse range of international scholars, they include Taylor's reconstructed script and a reminder of the enchanting and ground-breaking production of Cardenio that Bourus directed in Indianapolis in 2012." - Paul Whitfield White, Professor of English, Purdue University, USA and author of Drama and Religion in English Provincial Society, 1485-1660
"The most up-to-date collection of essays about Shakespeare's lost play, with important new work on Cardenio's composition, collaborators, reconstructions, and performances." - Valerie Wayne, Professor Emerita, University of Hawaii, USA
"Like all good theatrical work, Gary Taylor and Terri Bourus's collection is a collaborative effort, as was the production and colloquium at IUPUI from which it emerged. Taylor and Bourus's collaboration pairs textual studies and theatrical practice, literary analysis and performance studies, detective work and hypotheses scientifically tested with mathematical precision. Taylor's careful excavation of Fletcher and Shakespeare's language from Lewis Theobald's Double Falsehood, Bouros's thoughtful direction of the resulting script - two decades in the making - and the incisive analyses provided on all hands in these pages make of Fletcher and Shakespeare's labor of love lost a Cardenio found." - Regina Buccola, Associate Professor, Roosevelt University, USA
"This splendid contribution to literary and theatrical history proves that the lost Cardenio was co-authored by Shakespeare and Fletcher and that writing by both playrights survives into Lewis Theobald's Double Falsehood." - MacDonald P. Jackson, Emeritus Professor of English, University of Auckland, New Zealand
"This persuasive book should put to rest nearly three hundred years of debate over the lost King's Men play of 1613. Cardenio was indeed a Fletcher/Shakespeare collaboration, based on episodes from Cervantes' bestseller Don Quixote. Lewis Theobald was not a forger: his 1727 adaptation Double Falsehood does derive from Cardenio. With meticulous scholarship and creative theatrical acumen the editors assemble a formidable case, and also triumphantly publish for the first time Taylor's 'unadaptation' of The History of Cardenio." - David Carnegie, Emeritus Professor FRSNZ, School of English, Film, Theatre, and Media Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
"Taylor's team bring us closer to the lost Cardenio in four ways: they render the forgery hypothesis even less convincing, provide more evidence for Shakespeare's collaboration, enrich our understanding of Fletcher's dramatic art, and pay significant attention to the performative dimension of Cardenio-related material." - Brean Hammond, Professor of Modern English Literature, University of Nottingham, UK and editor of the Arden edition of Double Falsehood
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