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Shakespeare in Print Before and After 1623
September 1

Gina Hausknecht

Gina Hausknecht
John William King Professor of Literature and Creative Writing

This one-week forum by English Professor Gina Hausknecht will offer a historical perspective on how Shakespeare's plays made their way onto the printed page and how they came to look like the modern editions we know and love. The lecture will begin with the plays published during Shakespeare's life or shortly after his death in small books called "quartos." It will explore the process by which the plays got into print (without Shakespeare's involvement and likely without his permission).

The lecture will resume the story of Shakespeare in print with Nicholas Rowe's 1709 collected works of the plays. Hausknecht will look at the influence of Rowe, the first Shakespearean editor, and show how 18th-century editions shape our modern sense of a Shakespeare play.This forum is offered in conjunction with a national tour of an exhibit of the First Folio - a collection of 36 of Shakespeare's plays, 18 of which were previously unpublished. Sponsored by the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., the University of Iowa Main Library will host the exhibit from Aug. 29 to Sept. 25. Travel to the exhibit will be arranged for interested attendees.