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Revisiting Shakespeare’s Lost Play

Cardenio/Double Falsehood in the Eighteenth Century

Editors: Payne, Deborah C. (Ed.)

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  • Moves away from traditional readings of the play, which have nearly all been in the context of its contested 'lost play' status, and reads it in the context of the eighteenth century
  • By emphasizing the immediate context, it demonstrates how the play engaged contemporary literary and theatrical issues, such as rape culture and audience response
  • Examines how formal patterns, such as the tragicomic plot, speak to eighteenth-century culture
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This collection of essays centres on Double Falsehood, Lewis Theobald’s 1727 adaptation of the “lost” play of Cardenio, possibly co-authored by John Fletcher and William Shakespeare. In a departure from most scholarship to date, the contributors fold Double Falsehood back into the milieu for which it was created rather than searching for traces of Shakespeare in the text. Robert D. Hume’s knowledge of theatre history permits a fresh take on the forgery question as well as the Shakespeare authorship controversy. Diana Solomon’s understanding of eighteenth-century rape culture and Jean I. Marsden’s command of contemporary adaptation practices both emphasise the play’s immediate social and theatrical contexts. And, finally, Deborah C. Payne’s familiarity with the eighteenth-century stage allows for a reconsideration of Double Falsehood as integral to a debate between Theobald, Alexander Pope, and John Gay over the future of the English drama.

About the authors

Deborah C. Payne is an Associate Professor of Literature at American University. She specializes in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century drama, theatre history, and performance theory. Her publications include Cultural Readings of Restoration and Eighteenth-Century English Theatre, co-edited with J. Douglas Canfield; The Cambridge Companion to English Restoration Theatre; and Four Restoration Libertine Plays. Recently she completed The Commodiluxe Stage: A New History of Restoration Theatre, 1660-1700.

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“This uniformly excellent collection does what none of the other recent scholarship on Double Falsehood or Cardenio does: it approaches the complex problems of authorship, performance, form and gender politics from the perspective of Restoration and eighteenth-century theatre. Anyone seriously interested in the Jacobean play, its Georgian adaptation, or in English drama from 1660 to 1740 should read this book.” (Gary Taylor, General Editor, “The New Oxford Shakespeare”)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Revisiting Shakespeare’s Lost Play
Book Subtitle
Cardenio/Double Falsehood in the Eighteenth Century
Editors
  • Deborah C. Payne
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-46514-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-46514-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-46513-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-83533-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 138
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