Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 897.  Saturday, 4 December 1993.
From:           James McKenna <MCKENNJI@UCBEH>
Date:           Friday, 03 Dec 1993 22:17:38 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Renaissance manuscript culture
Dear All,
In digging for information about Gascoigne's use and misuse of manuscript
conventions in _Master F. J._, I found much on Gascoigne and and quite a bit on
_F. J._, and, so far, nothing on the structure of circulating manuscripts.  Has
anyone done any work on this?  What I'm interested in is analysis of audience
expectations and some general idea of what _really_ circulated in the late
sixteenth century.
I'm looking for more than the commonplaces distinguishing
aristocratic writing from commercial writing.  Daniel Javitch has an
interesting article (_Genre_ 15(2-3): "The Impure Motives of Elizabethan
Poetry") that claims that Elizabethan poetry is about self-advertising and
rhetorical ability ("I can make anything look like anything else, so hire me to
write your speeches").  That really has me wondereing what was in those
manuscripts in terms of marginalia and commentary.  Did any responses get
recorded in manuscripts?  What sort of works got grouped together _in
manuscript_, not in imprinted miscellanies.
If you've got any ideas or have seen some somewhere, write to me on the list or
James McKenna
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