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Re: Relationship Between Playtext and Performance
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 91.  Thursday, 18 February 1993.
 
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        Date:   Thursday, 18 Feb 1993 11:02:22 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   [Relationship Between Playtext and Performance]
 
(2)     From:   Steve Urkowitz <
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        Date:   Thursday, 18 Feb 93 19:08:05 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 4.0087  Relationship Between Playtext and Performance
 
 
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Date:           Thursday, 18 Feb 1993 11:02:22 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        [Relationship Between Playtext and Performance]
 
In an e-mail response to my question about playtext reading, Doug Lanier noted
that David Bergeron is preparing a volume of essays under the title WRITING
AND READING IN THE ELIZABETHAN AGE.
 
Doug and I have shared thoughts on the difficulties we have found in locating
evidence of real readers at work, rather than the ideal readers assumed by
dedicatory matter.  He asks in this most recent posting, "Other than the texts
themselves (which also posit "ideal" rather than "real" readers, or at least
combine the two in uncertain ways) and marginalia (hard to find, never easy to
interpret), what sort of evidence would you counsel one interested in this
problem to focus on?"  Any ideas?
 
Nick Clary
clary@smcvax.bitnet
 
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Subject: 4.0087  Relationship Between Playtext and Performance
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0087  Relationship Between Playtext and Performance
 
Oooh, what a nice question about reading and observing plays . . .  Alas, too
often the bibliographic-textual-editorial gang seem to be the only ones
thinking about those playbooks floating around London, but their vision seems
painfully tunnelled.  You can come upon theories about the "bad" quartos as
memorial reconstructions of texts revised after initial performances, followed
by later texts which represented earlier versions but somehow untouched by the
revising process.  The theories tangle deliciously, as theories are wont to do.
But readers of texts don't leave very deep tracks on the texts, though I've
argued that Q2 Romeo and Juliet, for instance, may be seen as the track left by
a particularly authorial reader as he plowed the Q1 version.  The memorial
reconstruction arguments would seem to be proposing that we can observe the
mis-reading of the "genuine" texts by the pirates or the actors or the unknown
scribes.  Whatever those multiple texts represent, they reveal some kinds of
imaginative engagement with scripts and performances, real or fantasized.
 
                                         As ever,
                                         Steve Ur-quarto-witz SURCC@CUNYVM
 

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