Shakespeare's Stationers

Shakespeare's Stationers

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Recent studies in early modern cultural bibliography have put forth a radically new Shakespearea€”a man of keen literary ambition who wrote for page as well as stage. His work thus comes to be viewed as textual property and a material object not only seen theatrically but also bought, read, collected, annotated, copied, and otherwise passed through human hands. This Shakespeare was invented in large part by the stationersa€”publishers, printers, and booksellersa€”who produced and distributed his texts in the form of books. Yet Shakespeare's stationers have not received sustained critical attention. Edited by Marta Straznicky, Shakespeare's Stationers: Studies in Cultural Bibliography shifts Shakespearean textual scholarship toward a new focus on the earliest publishers and booksellers of Shakespeare's texts. This seminal collection is the first to explore the multiple and intersecting forms of agency exercised by Shakespeare's stationers in the design, production, marketing, and dissemination of his printed works. Nine critical studies examine the ways in which commerce intersected with culture and how individual stationers engaged in a range of cultural functions and political movements through their business practices. Two appendices, cataloguing the imprints of Shakespeare's texts to 1640 and providing forty additional stationer profiles, extend the volume's reach well beyond the case studies, offering a foundation for further research.This character combines an extreme religiosity, which almost results in the execution of his cat for killing a mouse on the Sabbath, with a ... As was the case with authors of Laudian re- ligious tracts, it was the kinga#39;s ardent supporters who wrote most often about rebellion. ... Nathanael Richardsa#39;s Messalina (1640), Thomas Rawlinsa#39;s The Rebellion (1640), William Habingtona#39;s The Queen ofAragon (1640), anbsp;...

Title:Shakespeare's Stationers
Author:Marta Straznicky
Publisher:University of Pennsylvania Press - 2012-10-08


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