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Author Hope, Jonathan, 1962-

Title The authorship of Shakespeare's plays : a socio-linguistic study / Jonathan Hope
Published Cambridge, GBR : Cambridge University Press, 1994
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Description 1 online resource (210 pages)
Contents Cover; Half-title; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; List of tables and graphs ; Preface ; Acknowledgements ; List of abbreviations ; PART I METHODOLOGY; 1 Introduction ; Authorship studies in the early Modern period; Early Modern English and socio-historical linguistic evidence; Applying socio-historical linguistic evidence; 2 The auxiliary 'do' ; Background; History and development of the auxiliary 'do'; Counting methodology
Comparison group resultsEstablishing the minimum significant sample size; Summary; 3 Relative markers ; Background; Counting and methodology; The results: the comparison samples; Summary; 4 'Thou' and 'you' ; Background; The use of 'thou'/'you' as an authorship tool; PART II APPLICATIONS; 5 Shakespeare as collaborator ; The Shakespeare-Fletcher collaborations; The Shakespeare-Middleton collaborations; The Shakespeare-Fletcher collaborations
The Shakespeare-Middleton collaborations 6 The Shakespeare apocrypha ; The 1664 folio plays ; Other apocryphal plays ; PART III CONCLUSION; 7 Summary of findings ; The use and limitations of socio-historical linguistic evidence; Summary of authorship findings; Statistical appendix ; Bibliography ; Index
Summary This book introduces a new method for determining the authorship of Renaissance plays. Based on the rapid rate of change in English grammar in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, socio-historical linguistic evidence allows us to distinguish the hands of Renaissance playwrights within play texts. The present study focuses on Shakespeare: his collaborations with Fletcher and Middleton; and the apocryphal plays. Among the plays examined are Henry VIII, The Two Noble Kinsmen, Macbeth, Pericles, and Sir Thomas More. The findings of the book allow us to be more confident about the divisions of collaborative plays, and confirm the status of Edward III as a strong candidate for inclusion in the canon
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 177-185) and index
Subject Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Authorship -- Collaboration
Authorship -- Collaboration -- History
English drama -- 17th century -- History and criticism
English drama -- Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600 -- History and criticism
English language -- Grammar
Playwriting -- History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0511518943