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Re: Single Volume Editions
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0810  Tuesday, 29 April 2003

[1]     From:   Todd Pettigrew <
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        Date:   Monday, 28 Apr 2003 12:30:34 -0300
        Subj:   RE: SHK 14.0799 Single Volume Editions

[2]     From:   Joseph Sullivan <
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        Date:   Monday, 28 Apr 2003 11:31:04 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0799 Single Volume Editions

[3]     From:   Kirilka Stavreva <
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        Date:   Monday, 28 Apr 2003 13:08:15 -0500
        Subj:   RE: SHK 14.0799 Single Volume Editions

[4]     From:   Claude Caspar <
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        Date:   Monday, 28 Apr 2003 20:25:53 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0799 Single Volume Editions


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From:           Todd Pettigrew <
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Date:           Monday, 28 Apr 2003 12:30:34 -0300
Subject: 14.0799 Single Volume Editions
Comment:        RE: SHK 14.0799 Single Volume Editions

I require The Norton Shakespeare and order BOTH the single-volume
hardback version and the version that comes in four paperback volumes.
In this way, students can choose between the two versions. Some prefer
the portability of the smaller books, but others like the one-volume (in
part so that they do not mistakenly bring the wrong book to class on any
given day).

t.

Todd Pettigrew
University College of Cape Breton

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From:           Joseph Sullivan <
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Date:           Monday, 28 Apr 2003 11:31:04 -0400
Subject: 14.0799 Single Volume Editions
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0799 Single Volume Editions

Jack,

There are a number of good volumes out there.  The Bevington is still a
great text and I know a number of people who use it with satisfaction.
I used the Riverside as an undergrad and grad student.  Right now my two
favorites are the compact Oxford and the Norton.  I use the compact
Oxford in my Shakespeare seminar because it is a brave (some would say
overly brave) edition text-wise.  Also, it is affordable for students.
And I really like the fact that there are no textual notes or glosses on
the pages of the plays.  Notes can be wonderful additions once one
gathers their inherent incompleteness.  But my students in the past have
looked at me like I was insane when I expected them to go to the OED
themselves.  I get the feeling that some students cannot conceptualize
that the notes are NOT a part of the text itself.  The Norton is based
on the Oxford texts.  S. Greenblatt et al do some editing and a lot of
annotation.

There was a stink a year or two ago about some minor work(s) that had
been attributed to Shakespeare on the basis of textual analysis.  It
turns out that the analyst has since lost faith in his results.  Some of
the single-volumes had adopted the texts and some had not.  Instead of
being a blemish, those weren't-were-weren't poems might be fascinating
discussion topics in class.

Joe Sullivan

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From:           Kirilka Stavreva
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Date:           Monday, 28 Apr 2003 13:08:15 -0500
Subject: 14.0799 Single Volume Editions
Comment:        RE: SHK 14.0799 Single Volume Editions

I swear by the Bedford/St. Martin's Texts and Contexts editions.  Not
only do they use the Bevington text, but are chock-full with excerpts
from texts from Shakespeare's era, which illustrate the variety of
opinion on cultural topics, central to the respective play.  Lucidly
written introductions to these topics help the undergraduate
contextualize both the primary documents and the play as a cultural
document.  I can't wait for the day when this series will be complete!

I also prefer the individual volumes, since I think they make it easier
for the student to "take possession" of the play. In my current
Shakespeare class, I ordered a couple of plays in the third Arden
edition (largely for the emphasis on performance criticism), since they
were not available in the Texts and Contexts series, and my
undergraduates screamed bloody murder against the presentation of the
editorial apparatus.

I'm in no affiliated with Bedford/St. Martin's.

Best of luck with you choices.

Katy

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From:           Claude Caspar <
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Date:           Monday, 28 Apr 2003 20:25:53 -0400
Subject: 14.0799 Single Volume Editions
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0799 Single Volume Editions

I would wait until the comprehensive Peele Edition is released which
will not only include his works attributed to Will Shakey, but every
immortal word Peele pened that no one wanted to plagiarize.

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