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    Professor Tiffany Stern(Author)

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As well as 'play-makers' and 'poets', playwrights of the early modern period were known as 'play-patchers' because their texts were made from separate documents. This book is the first to consider all the papers created by authors and theatres by the time of the opening performance, recovering types of script not previously known to have existed. With chapters on plot-scenarios, arguments, playbills, prologues and epilogues, songs, staged scrolls, backstage-plots and parts, it shows how textually distinct production was from any single unified book. And, as performance documents were easily lost, relegated or reused, the story of a play's patchy creation also becomes the story of its co-authorship, cuts, revisions and additions. Using a large body of fresh evidence, Documents of Performance in Early Modern England brings a wholly new reading to printed and manuscript playbooks of the Shakespearean period, redefining what a play, and what a playwright, actually is.

"... essential reading for theater historians, critics and editors alike." Ross King, The Times Literary Supplement"Very occasionally a book comes along which should have a significant revisionary effect across a number of academic areas of study. Documents of Performance is such a book ... Tiffany Stern calls into question many of the assumptions behind current early modern scholarship on authorship attribution, editing theory and practice, paratextual materials, playhouse performance, and play interpretation ... Stern's important arguments on the patchiness of plays [...] all early modern theater scholars will now have to take into account." Anne Lancashire, Renaissance Quarterly"... a major contribution to our understanding of early modern theater practice ... required reading." Alan Dessen, Shakespeare Studies"... a wealth of intriguing insights ... teaches us more about [documents'] use and importance than we thought could be known." Lukas Erne, Around the Globe"... an important and fascinating book ... challenges many misconceptions and sheds new light on the personnel and practices of early modern theaters and on the fragmentary character of the texts they required, produced, used ... Documents of Performance is ... constantly enlightening ... lively ... impressive ..." C. E. McGee, Shakespeare Quarterly"... outstrips the magisterial E. K. Chambers." Katherine Duncan-Jones (book of the year, The Times Literary Supplement)"The exciting thing about Tiffany Stern's widely acclaimed book, Documents of Performance in Early Modern England, is that it made me look again at familiar literary and theatrical material that I had long taken for granted ... Stern's reading is staggeringly wide and her book - besides being both easily readable and entertaining - is full of pertinent illustrations of her various conclusions ... I was excited by all that I was learning ... This is an important study, stimulating and riveting to read, exhaustively well-researched and clearly organized. I heartily recommend it." Mary Rosenberg, Shakespeare Newsletter As well as being called 'poets', playwrights of Shakespeare's period were known as 'play-patchers' because their texts were made up of separate documents. Using fresh print and manuscript evidence, Stern explores the piecemeal nature of the playscript in the theatre, redefining what a play, and what a playwright, actually is.

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  • PDF | 378 pages
  • Professor Tiffany Stern(Author)
  • Cambridge University Press; Reprint edition (September 17, 2012)
  • English
  • 2
  • Literature & Fiction

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  • By Mark K. Moran on February 19, 2016

    Tiffany Stern has ventured out amidst the heavily picked over world of Shakespeare scholarship and found new ground, remarkably so. New texts are practically nonexistent in this territory, because so many scholars, so many researchers, so many aficionados have scrutinized just about every particle of evidence. Stern has done the impossible and overturned rocks that no one thought to look under. Good and informative book!


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