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Canonising the Shakespeare apocrypha: Shakespeare, Middleton and co-existent canons

Kirwan, Peter

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Peter Kirwan

Abstract

The Shakespeare Apocrypha has persisted as a category for plays of dubious authorship since 1908. Despite recent calls for this group to be dissolved, it persists as the “other” of the Shakespeare canon. The definition of the plays as a collectively excluded canon leads to their relative obscurity in print and on stage. Yet recent calls for the adoption of different kinds of dramatic canon present a means of reintegrating canon and apocrypha. The new Middleton Collected Works offers a model for “co-existent canons” which share plays and disperse the authority of fixed authorial canons, allowing the plays of the Shakespeare Apocrypha to be read and seen in new, productive contexts.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Aug 1, 2012
Journal Literature Compass
Electronic ISSN 1741-4113
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 9
Issue 8
Institution Citation Kirwan, P. (2012). Canonising the Shakespeare apocrypha: Shakespeare, Middleton and co-existent canons. Literature Compass, 9(8), doi:10.1111/j.1741-4113.2012.00898.x
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1741-4113.2012.00898.x
Publisher URL http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1741-4113.2012.00898.x/abstract
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Peter Kirwan,'Canonising the Shakespeare Apocrypha: Shakespeare, Middleton and Co-Existent Canons', Literature Compass, vol. 9, issue 8 (2012): 538–548, which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wi....2012.00898.x/abstract. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

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