Mediating Shakespeare: From Book to Screen

‘To print a text differently is to print a different text.’ – Stephen Orgel

There is a permanent indentation in my Arden copy of Henry V. When I lay it out flat at my kitchen table, the pages fall of their own accord to the opening chorus lines: Continue reading

A Material Turn: Tentative Research Questions and Thoughts on Next Year’s Thesis

It has been three weeks since the end of classes and (despite that final fortnight of sleep deprivation, trail mix, dark coffee, and total disgust) I already look forward to Fall semester.

Tentative Research Question: “What is the relationship between the medium and the message of a text?” Continue reading

Paradise in Print: Editorial Practices and the (Early) Modern Reader

In his “Note on the Text,” John Leonard states that he has “most often followed the punctuation of the first edition [of Paradise Lost] (1667),” but has “freely substituted punctuation from the second edition (1674)” when he feels it is superior (1iii). In light of this, I have taken the liberty of downloading both the 1667 and 1674 editions of Paradise Lost, probing further into the meanings of my own modern text by examining its precursors. Continue reading