The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0324  Tuesday, 6 December 2011


From:         Tom Salyers <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         December 6, 2011 9:33:22 AM EST

Subject:      Elizabethan Collaboration


Could anyone point me in the direction of scholarly papers and/or books on the subject of collaboration in Elizabethan drama? I'm particularly interested in material that covers the size of text segments that collaborators may have habitually worked on--e.g., scenes, between the entrance and exit of a major character, more or less arbitrary chunks, etc. 


I'm doing my PhD thesis on computational stylistics and authorship attribution in Elizabethan drama, and while I know how I want to test, I'm having some trouble narrowing down where to set boundaries in my texts for my purposes. I'd originally picked the scene level, but a.) that introduces some structural and statistical problems, and b.) it's been pointed out (and quite rightly) that I hadn't adequately justified my decision in my first draft of the relevant chapter. Any and all pointers would help tremendously. Thanks in advance. 


(NB: I hasten to point out that while this is an authorship attribution question, it's not an "authorship question" question. My thesis concerns trying to determine what, if any, collaboration or reworking of earlier plays Shakespeare may or may not have done in the early parts of his career--for instance, what parts of Titus Andronicus might have originated with George Peele, if any.) 


Tom Salyers


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