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Re: Editions of the Plays
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 339.  Saturday, 29 May 1993.
 
(1)     From:   Larry Schwartz <
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        Date:   Friday, 28 May 93 09:19:44 CDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 4.0336  Which Edition(s) to Use?
 
(2)     From:   Ron Strickland <
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        Date:   Friday, 28 May 1993 09:53:16 +22306512 (CDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 4.0331  Editions of the Plays
 
 
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Date:           Friday, 28 May 93 09:19:44 CDT
Subject: 4.0336  Which Edition(s) to Use?
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0336  Which Edition(s) to Use?
 
When I queried the members of this list last year about which editions of
single copies of the plays I should consider purchasing, the few responses
I received steered me to the Arden Shakespeare editions.  So, the shelves
of the Hamon Library at Southern Methodist University and, now, the library
at North Dakota State University are that much fuller.
 
I also heard/read somewhere that the Arden editions are being re-edited; can
anyone confirm this?
 
An approval slip from Blackwell North America has recently crossed my desk,
featuring a book by Douglas Bruster:  "Drama and the Market in the Age of
Shakespeare."  It is the first in a new series, Cambridge studies in Renais-
sance literature & culture, out of Cambridge U P.  Can anyone comment on this
book or on the series?  Thanks.
 
Larry Schwartz, Humanities Librarian
North Dakota State University
Fargo, ND
 
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Date:           Friday, 28 May 1993 09:53:16 +22306512 (CDT)
Subject: 4.0331  Editions of the Plays
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0331  Editions of the Plays
 
Concerning which edition or editions of the plays to teach from, I've
taken to encouraging students to bring whatever editions they have to
class--anthology or single-play editions.  I usually order either the
Riverside, Bevington, or Pelican for the bookstore, but then tell
students that if they already have the plays in some other edition,
that's ok.  Then during class discussions we watch for the textual
differences that arise from various editorial choices and for different
effects of presentation in the footnotes, introductions, etc.  These
differences prompt good discussions--sometimes involving a student who
might otherwise not be inclined to talk much but now gets drawn into
the discussion simply because he or she happens to have a different
text.  The extra opportunities for discussion of historical contexts,
textual problems, etc. offset the minor nuisance of dealing with
different pagination among the texts during class readings.
 

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