Documents of Performance in Early Modern England
"... 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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