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Shakespeare Reshaped, 1606-1623$
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Gary Taylor and John Jowett

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198122562

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122562.001.0001

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Shakespeare Reshaped, 1606-1623



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As an author's work may be reshaped either by the author himself or by other people, we realize that the Shakespeare canon has undergone both types of reshaping, and these are not easily differentiated. Even if textual critics may either associate textual variants to the revisions of Shakespeare's works or the interference of other parties, we should be able to arrive at a consensus. Some of Shakespeare's works might have been reshaped by political interventions such as how the Master of Revels had to give license to the performed plays. The crucial factors that brought about significant effects on some of the revivals of these plays include the adding of large numbers of actors, the introducing of actresses and the proscenium arch, and improvements in both lighting and stage scenery. Textual scholars have attempted to evaluate thoroughly the compositors and scribes who have transmitted early texts of such works. This book deals with essays that explain the use of act-divisions, restricting profanity, and the interpolation of un-Shakespearian texts.

Keywords:   reshaping, interference, plays, political intervention, profanity, restriction, act-divisions

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