"A Certain Text": Close Readings and Textual Studies on Shakespeare and Others in Honor of Thomas Clayton

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University of Delaware Press, 2002 - 205 pages
This collection takes its title from 'Romeo and Juliet' (4.1.21.) when, meeting Paris in Friar Lawrence's cell, Juliet muses, What must be shall be, and the Friar completes her line with, That's a certain text. Where text means a received truth both Friar Lawrence and Clayton are interested skeptics. This essays gathered here reflect this attitude, questioning received ideas about the activities to which Clayton has devoted his professional life- literary editing and the close reading of literary works.
 

Contents

Acknowledgments
7
Introduction
11
Some Early Reprints of Mucedorus
18
The Dram of Eale
29
Some Notes on the Endless Editing of Richard III
50
Stage Directions and Stage Presences in The Merry Wives of Windsor Q1
65
The Physics of Hamlets Rogue and Peasant Slave Speech
75
The Induction as Clue in The Taming of the Shrew
94
A Shakespearean Compass
107
Hesperides the Hebrew Bible and Herricks Christian Identity
122
Ben Jonsons Horace
150
A Cobweb of Dwarves and Dweebs An Exercise in Very Close Reading and Germanic Etymology
173
Contributors
193
Tom Clayton A Checklist
195
Index
200
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