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Palgrave Shakespeare Studies

Shakespeare and Authority

Citations, Conceptions and Constructions

Editors: Halsey, Katie, Vine, Angus (Eds.)

  • Examines how and why Shakespeare became a figure of English cultural authority
  • Looks at Shakespeare's sources or 'authorities' and how they impact his work
  • Considers how Shakespeare's characters are constructed as a form of authority and order 
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About this book

This book examines conceptions of authority for and in Shakespeare, and the construction of Shakespeare as literary and cultural authority. The first section, Defining and Redefining Authority, begins by re-defining the concept of Shakespeare’s sources, suggesting that ‘authorities’ and ‘resources’ are more appropriate terms. Building on this conceptual framework, the remainder of this section explores linguistic and discursive authority more broadly. The second section, Shakespearean Authority, considers the construction, performance and questioning of authority in Shakespeare’s plays. Essays here range from examinations of monarchical authority to discussions of household authority, literary authority and linguistic ownership. The final part, Shakespeare as Authority, then traces the increasing establishment of Shakespeare as an authority from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century in a series of essays that explore Shakespearean authority for editors, actors, critics, authors, readers and audiences. The volume concludes with two essays that reassess Shakespeare as an authority for visual culture – in the cinema and in contemporary art.

About the authors

Katie Halsey is Senior Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century Literature at the University of Stirling, UK. Previous publications include Jane Austen and her Readers, 1786-1945, The History of Reading (with Shafquat Towheed and Rosalind Crone) and The History of Reading vol. 2: Evidence from the British Isles, 1750-1950 (with Bob Owens).

Angus Vine is Lecturer in Early Modern Literature at the University of Stirling, UK. He is the author of In Defiance of Time: Antiquarian Writing in Early Modern England;  Miscellaneous Order: Manuscript Culture and the Organization of Knowledge in Early Modern England (forthcoming) and, with Abigail Shinn, The Copious Text.

Reviews

“Shakespeare and Authority presents thought-provoking individual chapters and, as such, is a valuable contribution to the flourishing field of Shakespeare studies. More specifically aimed at Shakespeare scholars and specialists of the early modern period, it will undoubtedly enlarge their vision of Shakespeare as poet and playwright now turned into one of the greatest artistic influences of our century.” (Sophie Chiari, cercles.com, June, 2018)
“Shakespeare and Authority is a wide-ranging and impressively researched volume which returns attention to a burning issue in early modern and modern critical debate. Interrogating received ideas on authorship, textual expectation and reception, this collection urges readers to return to a host of celebrated works with new eyes and repays re-reading.” (Andrew Hiscock, Professor of English Literature, Bangor University, UK)

“Shakespeare and Authority is an exceptionally fine collection, which includes contributions both from well-established figures in the field and from up-and-coming scholars who are producing exciting new work. Its range is comprehensive and it offers a thoughtful, scholarly, and original engagement with a crucial topic in early modern literary and cultural studies. It is a must-read volume for students and scholars alike.” (Andrew Murphy, Professor of English, University of St Andrews, UK)

“This fascinating multifaceted collection ventures to approach the subject of authority as both a preoccupation within Shakespeare’s canon as well as the key determinant of the long trajectory of his textual, dramatic, and critical reception. Together the essays give us a generous chronological and generic sweep, yet each individual essay has its own tight focus on some aspect of the complex and mutating interrelation of authority and authorship.” (Margreta de Grazia, Emerita Sheli Z. and Burton Z. Rosenberg Professor of the Humanities, University of Pennsylvania, USA)


Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • ‘Dressed in a Little Brief Authority’: Authority Before, During, and After Shakespeare’s Plays

    Halsey, Katie (et al.)

    Pages 1-27

  • Shakespeare’s Authorities

    Burrow, Colin

    Pages 31-53

  • Inside the Elephant’s Graveyard: Revising Geoffrey Bullough’s Narrative and Dramatic Sources of Shakespeare

    Drakakis, John

    Pages 55-78

  • Author and Authority in the OED: Nashe v. Shakespeare

    Goodland, Giles

    Pages 79-111

  • ‘The King’s English’ ‘Our English’?: Shakespeare and Linguistic Ownership

    Tudeau-Clayton, Margaret

    Pages 113-133

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eBook 83,29 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-57853-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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Hardcover 103,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-57852-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Shakespeare and Authority
Book Subtitle
Citations, Conceptions and Constructions
Editors
  • Katie Halsey
  • Angus Vine
Series Title
Palgrave Shakespeare Studies
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-57853-2
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-57853-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-57852-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 347
Number of Illustrations and Tables
7 b/w illustrations
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