September 01, 2008

Welcome to the Apocrypha

Welcome to the Apocrypha!

This is the blog on which, over the next three years, I'll be posting news, thoughts, short essays, multimedia material (with a bit of luck), links and updates on the progress of the Shakespeare Apocrypha studentship.

This studentship is part of a larger AHRC funded project entitled 'Collaborative Plays by Shakespeare and Others', which will result in a new edition of Elizabethan and Jacobean plays that may have Shakespeare's hand in them. My part of the project will be dealing with a number of issues - how one establishes authorship, how the plays have been attributed over the centuries, the methodologies and technologies that have been and are used, the cultural importance of Shakespeare's name as associated with these plays and so on.

At this stage (day one of 1,095!), I'm primarily just excited to be working on a selection of relatively neglected plays. The last collected edition of the apocrypha was in 1908, and this new edition will hopefully be a significant contribution to their re-introduction into higher-profile theatrical and critical circulation.

Anyway, at this stage there's quite clearly very little else to say. As the project gets going, I'll hopefully be able to start posting here more regularly. For now, it's time to hit the books.

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I’m Peter Kirwan, a final year doctoral student in the English Department at Warwick, and this is my PhD blog.

Conferences, reviews, articles, thoughts and links relating to my interests in the Shakespeare apocrypha, early modern drama, authorship and performance.

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