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The Workshop in the History of Material Texts

Claire Bourne (Penn State) and Jason Scott-Warren (Cambridge): "Milton’s Hamlet"

Image from Free Library's copy of Shakespeare's First Folio

Monday, September 14, 2020, 5:15pm, via Zoom

Claire and Jason write:
In this workshop, we will discuss the annotations that Milton made in the First Folio text of Hamlet, one of the two Folio texts that he read with a quarto volume (probably Q5 1637) in hand. We invite you to revisit the text in advance of the meeting—we have supplied all of the annotated passages in this dropbox file—and to reflect on what we might learn from the pattern of Milton's philological interventions and his non-verbal marks in the margins. (We are particularly interested in the relationship between these two kinds of annotation.) In our introduction we will briefly set out the case for the identification of the anonymous reader as Milton and will offer some thoughts about the relationship between his notes here and those found in other books that survive from his library.
About our speakers:
Claire M. L. Bourne is Assistant Professor of English at The Pennsylvania State University, where she teaches early modern drama, book history, theater history, and textual editing. She is the author of Typographies of Performance in Early Modern England (Oxford University Press, 2020).
Jason Scott-Warren is Reader in Early Modern Literature and Culture at the University of Cambridge, a fellow of Gonville and Caius College, and Director of the Cambridge Centre for Material Texts. His latest book is Shakespeare’s First Reader: The Paper Trails of Richard Stonley (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019).

We are virtual for fall 2020! All are welcome. If you would like to receive details on how to attend upcoming Zoom meetings, please sign up for our listserv using this link or visit the Workshop website.

The Workshop in the History of Material Texts is supported by the School of Arts and Sciences through the Department of English and hosted by the Penn Libraries. The co-directors of the seminar are Professor Zachary Lesser (English), Jerry Singerman (Penn Press), and John Pollack (Kislak Center, Penn Libraries).

Associated with the workshop is the book series in Material Texts published by the University of Pennsylvania Press, which includes many monographs that have emerged from presentations given at the workshop over the years.

For more information, please contact Philip Mogen.