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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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‘With New Additions’ Theatrical Interpolation in Measure For Measure

‘With New Additions’ Theatrical Interpolation in Measure For Measure

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In his Devil's Dictionary, Ambrose Bierce identified an interpolation as a passage that a particular critic does not admire found in works made by an author that he does admire. As such, interpolations are said to have been inserted editorially after the author had already died. Several critics would adapt this definition when looking into some of Shakespeare's works. George Steevens therefore articulated that the ‘ha?’ seen in one of the soliloquies found in Measure in Measure should be viewed to be appended by the player editors. Of course, there are some who have expressed admirable scepticism toward this perspective wherein Shakespeare should not have included certain parts. Also, anyone who asserts that something is interpolated must be able to defend the stand and explain who did the interpolation.

Keywords:   interpolation, player editors, scepticism, Measure in Measure, added passage

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