© 2006

From Performance to Print in Shakespeare’s England

  • Peter Holland
  • Stephen Orgel

Part of the Redefining British Theatre History book series (RBTH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction: Printing Performance

    1. Peter Holland
      Pages 1-10
  3. Performing the Book

  4. Editing and Performance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. A. R. Braunmuller
      Pages 135-151
  5. Living Theatre

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Anston Bosman
      Pages 191-207
    3. Richard Preiss
      Pages 208-227
  6. Shakespeare Reconstructed

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 229-229
    2. Grazia de Margreta
      Pages 231-242
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 261-267

About this book


What can the printed texts of plays from Shakespeare's time say about performance? How have printed plays been read and interpreted? This collection of essays considers the evidence of early modern printed plays and their histories of production and reception, examining a wide variety of cases, from early performance to the psychology of Hamlet.


England essay Hamlet history of theatre rhetoric theatre William Shakespeare

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Holland
    • 1
  • Stephen Orgel
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Film, Television and TheatreUniversity of Notre DameUSA
  2. 2.HumanitiesStanfordUSA

About the editors

ANSTON BOSMAN Assistant Professor of English at Amherst College, UK A. R. BRAUNMULLER Professor of English and comparative literature at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA MARGRETA DE GRAZIA is the Joseph B. Glossberg Term Professor in the Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania, USA GABRIEL EGAN Senior Lecturer in English at Loughborough University, UK LYNN ENTERLINE Professor of English at Vanderbilt University, USA JOHN JOWETT Reader in Shakespeare Studies at the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upn-Avon, UK GORDAN MCMULLAN Reader in English at King's College London, UK JEFFREY MASTEN Associate Professor of English at Northwestern University, USA RICHARD PREISS Assistant Professor of English at the University of Utah, USA GARY TAYLOR Director of the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies at the University of Alabama, USA WENDY WALL Professor of English at Northwestern University, USA

Bibliographic information


'In this timely volume, a dozen essays illuminate a dozen perspectives on how print culture impinges on the actor's interpretation as much as the critic's. The contributors eclipse the polemic of drama versus theatre - and its two-way bias of literary text versus enlivened social act - to explore the use of texts as scripts, objects, national icons, and records of erasure, all manifestations of issues debated by editors, artists, and readers from the Renaissance to our own time. Challenging the status of a playtext within the history of the book, these essays delve into the idea of texts' corruptibility or completeness in print and performance by identifying how to attend to their materiality, commercial viability, trans-cultural mutability, and epochal interpretive history in the playhouse, bookshop, library, and classroom.' - Tracy C. Davis, Barber Professor of Performing Arts, Northwestern University, USA

'From Performance to Print is a remarkably important book, not only in its reassessment of the historiography of British theatre history, but also as a glimpse into the future of performance-based Shakespearean studies...consists of a dozen engaging, informative, and refreshing essays written by established practitioners of Shakespeare's work. Such is the quality of the contributions that they are all worth praising...' - Natalie Aldred, SHARP News