‘Another Part of the Forest’: Editors and Locations in Shakespeare

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Until recently, most editions of Shakespeare headed each scene with a note of its location: ‘A ship at sea’; ‘Troy. A room in Priam’s palace’; ‘Another part of the forest’. As is well known, these headings have no textual authority: in the Folio and the Quartos, a scene typically starts by specifying which characters are to enter, but with nothing to indicate where they are supposed to be. With very few exceptions, the locations are the work of eighteenth-century editors, reproduced or emended by their nineteenth- and twentieth-century successors.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationShakespeare Survey
EditorsPeter Holland
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781316670408
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2016

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