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The New Oxford Shakespeare: Critical Reference Edition (The Complete Works)

ISBN : 9780199591879

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¥48,587
Author: 
William Shakespeare; Gary Taylor; John Jowett; Terri Bourus; Gabriel Egan
Pages
3975 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
171 x 246 mm
Pub date
Dec 2016
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  • A two-volume Complete Works which assembles the primary resources in one place
  • Presented with original spelling, punctuation, capitalization, abbreviations, typographical contrasts, ambiguities, and inconsistencies
  • Footnotes identify and discuss any editorial corrections in the early documents
  • Marginal notes record press variants and key variants in different documents
  • Songs are presented with the original musical notation, when this is available
  • Cast lists identify the length and type of each role, discuss potential doubling possibilities, and note essential props

    
The New Oxford Shakespeare is a landmark print and online project, which for the first time provides fully edited and annotated texts of all extant versions of all Shakespeare's works, including collaborations, revisions, and adaptations. Based on a fresh examination of the surviving original documents, it draws upon the latest interdisciplinary scholarship, supplemented by new research undertaken by a diverse international team. Although closely connected and systematically cross-referenced, each part can be used independently of the others. 
  
The New Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works: Critical Reference Edition collects the same versions of the same works found in the Modern Critical Edition, keyed to the same line-numbering. But the Critical Reference Edition emphasizes book history and the documentary origins of each text. It preserves the spelling, punctuation, capitalization, abbreviations, typographical contrasts, ambiguities, and inconsistencies of the early documents. Introductions focus on early modern manuscript and print culture, setting each text within the material circumstances of its production, transmission, and early reception. The works are arranged in the chronological order of the surviving texts: the first volume covers documents manufactured in Shakespeare's lifetime, and the second covers documents made between 1622 and 1728. The illustrated general introduction presents an overview of the texts available to editors and describes how they define Shakespeare. An essay on error surveys kinds of error characteristic of these early text technologies. It is followed by a general introduction to the music of Shakespeare's plays. Introductions to individual works and an extensive foot-of-the-page textual apparatus record and discuss editorial corrections of scribal and printing errors in the early documents; marginal notes record press variants and key variants in different documents. Original music notation is provided for the songs (where available). Because the plays were written and copied within the framework of theatrical requirements, casting charts identify the length and type of each role, discuss potential doubling possibilities, and note essential props.
  
The New Oxford Shakespeare consists of four interconnected publications: the Modern Critical Edition (with modern spelling), the Critical Reference Edition (with original spelling), a companion volume on Authorship, and an online version integrating all of this material on OUP's high-powered scholarly editions platform. Together, they provide the perfect resource for the future of Shakespeare studies.

Index: 

Volume I
General Introduction, John Jowett
Shakespeare and the Kingdom of Error, John Jowett
Music Introduction, John Cunningham
Editorial Procedures
Complete Works: Copy-Texts from Shakespeare's Lifetime
 
Volume 2
Posthumous Publication: The 1623 Folio and other late collections, Gary Taylor
Complete Works: Posthumous Copy-Texts

About the author: 

William Shakespeare
General Editors: Gary Taylor, Distinguished Research Professor, Florida State University, John Jowett, Professor of Shakespeare Studies, Deputy Director, The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, Terri Bourus, Professor of English Drama, Indiana University, Indianapolis, andGabriel Egan, Professor of Shakespeare Studies, De Montfort University
 
 
Contributors:

Associate Editors: 
Francis X. Connor, Wichita State University
Rory Loughnane, University of Kent
Anna Pruitt, Indiana University, Indianapolis

Assistant Editors:
Sarah Neville, Ohio State University
Will Sharpe, University of Birmingham

Music Editor:
John Cunningham, Bangor University / Prifysgol Bangor 

Research Dramaturgy:
Andrew J. Power PhD, Lecturer of Shakespeare and Early Modern Literature, Saint Louis University - Madrid Campus 

Additional Commentaries:
Stanley Wells, University of Birmingham / Shakespeare Birthplace Trust 
John V. Nance, Florida State University
Kate McPherson, Utah Valley University

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