History of Text Technologies

Shakespeare and the Imprints of Performance

Authors: Paul, J. Gavin

  • Examines how textual distortions enrich a play's performance possibilities
  • Explores how the term performancescape can re-negotiate the page/stage polarity
  • Features analysis of performance commentary, critical editions, formative eighteenth-century editions, and early modern paratexts such as title-pages, dedications, and printers' prefaces
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About this book

Within the study of drama, the question of how to relate text and performance—and what interpretive tools are best suited to analyzing them—is a longstanding and contentious one. Most scholars agree that reading a printed play is a means of dramatic realization absolutely unlike live performance, but everything else beyond this premise is contestable: how much authority to assign to playwrights, the extent to which texts and readings determine performance, and the capability of printed plays to communicate the possibilities of performance. Without denying that printed plays distort and fragment performance practice, this book negotiates an intractable debate by shifting attention to the ways in which these inevitable distortions can nevertheless enrich a reader's awareness of a play's performance potentialities. As author J. Gavin Paul demonstrates, printed plays can be more meaningfully engaged with actual performance than is typically assumed, via specific editorial principles and strategies. Focusing on the long history of Shakespearean editing, he develops the concept of the performancescape: a textual representation of performance potential that gives relative shape and stability to what is dynamic and multifarious.


 

About the authors

J. Gavin Paul is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Simon Fraser University, Canada. His work has appeared in Shakespeare: The Journal of the British Shakespeare Association, The Review of English Studies, and other publications, and his doctoral dissertation won the prestigious J. Leeds Barroll Prize from the Shakespeare Association of America in 2009.

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“Shakespeare and the Imprints of Performance is scholarly and nicely conscientious. Paul engages thoroughly with a wide range of critics, perhaps sometimes with a slight PhD dutifulness. … He has written a book of real interest and insight, which, appropriately, reveals its own intellectual imprints and gives scope for further interpretative scholarship.” (Emma Smith, Shakespeare, 2016)


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Mediating Page and Stage

    Paul, J. Gavin

    Pages 1-31

  • Text and Performance on the Early Modern Page

    Paul, J. Gavin

    Pages 33-78

  • Performance and the Editorial Tradition

    Paul, J. Gavin

    Pages 79-116

  • Performance Commentary: Writing in the Sand

    Paul, J. Gavin

    Pages 117-153

  • The Critical Edition as Archive

    Paul, J. Gavin

    Pages 155-183

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Shakespeare and the Imprints of Performance
Authors
Series Title
History of Text Technologies
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-43844-7
DOI
10.1057/9781137438447
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-43843-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-49393-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 226
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