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Authorial Intention
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0647  Thursday, 27 September 2007

From: 		Alan Dessen <
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Date: 		Wednesday, 26 Sep 2007 10:05:59 -0400
Subject: 18.0640 Authorial Intention
Comment: 	Re: SHK 18.0640 Authorial Intention

Am I the only reader of the postings on this topic to wonder how the 
many distinctions, arguments, and counter-arguments about "authorial 
intention" pertain to a staged play, particularly a play staged by the 
Lord Chamberlain's or King's Men?  Although Tiffany Stern has argued 
that group rehearsals were the exception, not the norm, clearly the 
mounting of a play was a collaborative process, with an attached or 
in-house playwright (e.g., Shakespeare, Heywood, Fletcher, Massinger) at 
hand to participate and, at least to some degree, affect the onstage 
choices.  Moreover, evidence survives (though not from Shakespeare's 
company) for the practice of having a playwright read a new play to the 
actors soon to stage it. How would such a practice have influenced the 
performance to come?

In short, should or should not the material conditions of London theatre 
in the 1590s and early 1600s be part of this discussion?

Alan Dessen

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