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  • Print publication year: 2020
  • Online publication date: September 2020

3. - Editions and Textual Studies

from The Year’s Contributions to Shakespeare Studies


Following a number of years which have seen major new Complete Works volumes or brand-new series of editions, 2018–19 was a quieter year for Shakespeare editions, with one new Arden, a rare Variorum, and a large number of second and third issues of pre-existing editions with minor updates. Collectively – and in concert with a number of excellent books aimed at newcomers to textual studies – they represent an effort to update and revise knowledge, with a focus on entry points into interpreting the Shakespearian text and understanding the afterlives of plays and poems.

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