Loss and the Literary Culture of Shakespeare’s Time

  • Roslyn L. Knutson
  • David McInnis
  • Matthew Steggle

Part of the Early Modern Literature in History book series (EMLH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Roslyn L. Knutson, David McInnis, Matthew Steggle
    Pages 1-19
  3. “Gone and Loste”: The Nature and Forms of Lostness

  4. “To know wher a thinge is”: Searching for Answers

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 251-266

About this book


As early modernists with an interest in the literary culture of Shakespeare’s time, we work in a field that contains many significant losses: of texts, of contextual information, of other forms of cultural activity. No account of early modern literary culture is complete without acknowledgment of these lacunae, and although lost drama has become a topic of increasing interest in Shakespeare studies, it is important to recognize that loss is not restricted to play-texts alone. Loss and the Literary Culture of Shakespeare’s Time broadens the scope of the scholarly conversation about loss beyond drama and beyond London. It aims to develop further models and techniques for thinking about lost plays, but also of other kinds of lost early modern works, and even lost persons associated with literary and theatrical circles. Chapters examine textual corruption, oral preservation, quantitative analysis, translation, and experiments in “verbatim theater”, plus much more.   


Shakespeare Fletcher Cardenio Dekker Ford Rowley Webster

Editors and affiliations

  • Roslyn L. Knutson
    • 1
  • David McInnis
    • 2
  • Matthew Steggle
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Arkansas at Little RockLittle RockUSA
  2. 2.University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia
  3. 3.University of BristolBristolUK

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