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dc.creatorThompson, Maley Holmes
dc.date.accessioned2011-07-26T15:19:08Z
dc.date.available2011-07-26T15:19:08Z
dc.date.created2011-05
dc.date.issued2011-07-26
dc.date.submittedMay 2011
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2011-05-3542
dc.descriptiontext
dc.description.abstractIf Shakespeare contributed the additions to the 1602 edition of Thomas Kyd's The Spanish tragedy, he did so at the time he was writing Hamlet. The additions were written anonymously, but contemporary references to playwrights and their works, publication records, and documented theatrical transactions have provoked the authorship controversy for centuries. Recent studies have attempted "fingerprinting” and "DNA" analysis of verbal structures to solve the case once and for all, but this study moves beyond the (impossible) task of trying to "prove" that Shakespeare wrote the additions and instead seeks to recreate a hypothetical scenario to show why and how Shakespeare may have written them. Using the loose structure of a modern recreation of a cold-case crime, this study contextualizes the additions and the authorship controversy they have inspired, situating the case in its earlier manifestations and in present-day criticism. It will be shown why Shakespeare would have been the ideal candidate to revise The Spanish tragedy: he was familiar with Kyd's work, was known for revitalizing older works, knew the players, and was a writer for hire. It will be argued that the publisher of the additions, Thomas Pavier, followed Shakespeare throughout his career and saw a marketing opportunity to capitalize on three trends: title pages that advertised newness, nostalgia for old texts, and a market for Shakespearean language. This essay will trace the hypothetical steps to see how Shakespeare's additions might have been written, dispersed, rehearsed, acted, and printed. Ultimately, the additions will be situated as a hypothetical middle step between Kyd’s Ur-Hamlet, The Spanish tragedy, and Shakespeare's Hamlet.
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dc.language.isoeng
dc.subjectShakespeare
dc.subjectKyd, Thomas, 1558-1594
dc.subjectThe Spanish tragedy
dc.subject17th century
dc.subjectPavier, Thomas, d. 1625
dc.subjectAuthorship controversy
dc.titleThe Shakespearean additions to the 1602 Spanish tragedy
dc.date.updated2011-07-26T15:19:17Z
dc.identifier.slug2152/ETD-UT-2011-05-3542
dc.description.departmentEnglish
dc.type.genrethesis*
thesis.degree.departmentEnglish
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglish
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts


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