The New Oxford Shakespeare: Complete Set (Modern Critical Edition, Critical Reference Edition, Authorship Companion)

ISBN : 9780198791324

William Shakespeare; Gary Taylor; John Jowett; Terri Bourus; Gabriel Egan
7755 Pages
Multiple Copy Pack
171 x 246 mm
Pub date
Jan 2017
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  • Comprises all of the print volumes available in the groundbreaking New Oxford Shakespeare
  • The Modern Critical Edition offers the clearest, most up-to-date text, edited afresh from the original play-texts and poems
  • The Critical Reference Edition preserves the original spelling, punctuation, capitalization, abbreviations, typographical contrasts, ambiguities, and inconsistencies of the early documents
  • The Authorship Companion presents cutting-edge research in attribution studies

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. This set comprises all of the print volumes that make up The New Oxford Shakespeare.
The Modern Critical Edition gives today's students and playgoers the very best resources they need to understand and enjoy all Shakespeare's works. The authoritative text is accompanied by extensive explanatory and performance notes, and innovative introductory materials which lead the reader into exploring questions about interpretation, textual variants, literary criticism, and performance, for themselves. This volume presents the plays and poetry in the order in which Shakespeare wrote them, so that readers can follow the development of his imagination, his engagement with a rapidly evolving culture and theatre, and his relationship to his literary contemporaries.
The 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 Authorship Companion accompanies the Modern Critical Edition and the Critical Reference Edition, and concentrates on the issues of canon and chronology—currently the most active and controversial debates in the field of Shakespeare editing. It presents in full the evidence behind the choices made in The Complete Works about which works Shakespeare wrote, in whole or part. A major new contribution to attribution studies, the Authorship Companion illuminates the work and methodology underpinning the groundbreaking New Oxford Shakespeare, and casts new light on the professional working practice, and creative endeavours, of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.


The New Oxford Shakespeare: Modern Critical Edition
The New Oxford Shakespeare: Critical Reference Edition (2 volumes)
The New Oxford Shakespeare: Authorship Companion

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 Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama, Indiana University, Indianapolis, and Gabriel Egan, Professor of Shakespeare Studies, De Montfort University

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, Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham

Music Editor:
John Cunningham, Bangor University / Prifysgol Bangor 

Research Dramaturgy:
Andrew J. Power, Washington University, Madrid

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

Contributors to the Authorship Companion

Terri Bourus, Indiana University, Indianapolis, USA
John Burrows, University of Newcastle, Australia
Francis X. Connor, Wichita State University, USA
Hugh Craig, University of Newcastle, Australia
Douglas Duhaime, Yale University, USA
Gabriel Egan, De Montfort University, UK
Jack Elliott, University of Newcastle, Australia
David Gants, Florida State University, USA
Brett Greatley- Hirsch, University of Leeds, UK
R. V. Holdsworth, University of Manchester, UK
MacDonald P. Jackson, University of Auckland, NZ
John Jowett, The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, UK
Farah Karim-Cooper, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, UK
Rory Loughnane, Indiana University, Indianapolis, USA
John V. Nance, Florida State University, USA
Giuliano Pascucci, Independent Scholar
Anna Pruitt, Indiana University, Indianapolis, USA
Marina Tarlinskaja, University of Washington, USA
Gary Taylor, Florida State University, USA

"If Shakespeare worshippers have told one story in order to discredit his contemporary rivals, the New Oxford is telling a story that aims to give the credit back ... Taylor also once ruled out Marlowe as a co-author for the 'Henry VI' plays; now he says he based that judgment on evidence that has since been disproved. 'If you're an empiricist, when you get new data, you change your mind,' he told me. 'Unlike politicians, it's a good thing for a scholar to be a flip-flopper.'" - Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, The New Yorker

"As has been the case for more than 30 years, the Authorship Companion is the most useful volume for scholars." - D. Pesta, CHOICE

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