April 23, 2007

Editing the Complete Works of Shakespeare

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/audio/?podcastItem=completeworks.mp3

Professor Jonathan Bate discusses editing a new edition of the Complete Works of Shakespeare.

Summary:

Why is this a significant edition
Using the First Folio
Does editing the Complete Works bring new perspectives
How has the language and grammar changed
Is this a bawdier Shakespeare
How important is the historical context
Is this edition about the written word or performance
Do we underestimate the impact of actors and directors on Shakespeare
Should we muck about with the plays
Does this strengthen Shakespeare’s status


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