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Re: German Play Seasons of Kempe and Co
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1626  Friday, 12 July 2002

From:           Lene Petersen <
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Date:           Thursday, 11 Jul 2002 17:47:28 +0000
Subject: 13.1616 Re: German Play Seasons of Kempe and Co
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1616 Re: German Play Seasons of Kempe and Co

>Lene Petersen doesn't mention that Cohn's book was first published in
>1865 (yes, 18) and there has been some outstanding work on the topic
>since then!

It is still the best source to start at. And what's wrong with 1865? The
hasn't been much in the line of rigid, well-researched philology
happening since then!!!

>There is, for instance, Simon Williams' excellent account in
>his *Shakespeare on the German Stage vol 1: 1586-1914* (Cambridge 1990),

Yes, this is a good book, but one need go beyond both Cohn and Williams
to get to the bottom of this subject....

>Jerzy Limon's *Gentlemen of a Company* covering 1590-1660 (Cambridge,
>1985)

A rather dry work, which deals not really with the German troupes but
with the eastern European circuit, which seems to have offered some
rather different working conditions for the comedians.

>and a good translation of five of the adaptations by Ernest
>Brennecke, *Shakespeare in Germany 1590-1700* (Chicago, 1964).

Call me a pedant but something is always lost in translation .... and if
you master German, I'd always recommend reading the old scholars in the
original language...

Some recommendations are Carl Heine, 'Johannes Velten: ein Beitrag zur
Geschichte des deutschen Theaters in 16 Jahrhunderts' (Halle: Karras,
1887 - YES 1887), E. Herz, Englische schauspieler und englisches
schauspiel zur zeit shakespeares in Deutschland (in
Teathergeschichtliche Forschungen, 1903., Willi Fleming, ed., Barock
Drama vol. III, (Hildesheim, 1965, W.  Creizenach on Der Bestrafte
Brudermord or Manfred Brauneck, ed. Spieltexte der Wanderbuhne 1970.

All have of these have indeed done splendid archival research in this
difficult area, and so have many others of this particular elk and time.

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