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The Edinburgh Companion to Shakespeare and the Arts$
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Mark Thornton Burnett and Adrian Streete

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748635238

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635238.001.0001

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Shakespeare Anthologized

Shakespeare Anthologized

(p.88) 5 Shakespeare Anthologized
The Edinburgh Companion to Shakespeare and the Arts

Kate Rumbold

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter reviews Shakespeare's changing place in anthologies and collections of quotations from his own lifetime to the present day. It illustrates a major shift in the way Shakespeare is anthologized between the beginning of the seventeenth century and the end of the eighteenth. The nineteenth century saw an explosion of anthologies and quotation books. In the twenty-first century, compilers of anthologies and quotation books can choose from an array of Shakespearean values: beauty, wisdom, morality, authority, Englishness, humour and irony. The effect of the internet on the anthology might resemble the explosion of publications after the end of perpetual copyright in 1774. It has shown how the intrinsic (beauty, aesthetics) and instrumental (wisdom, improving your golf game) values of ‘Shakespeare’ have been promoted, and mutually reinforced, by several centuries of printed anthologies.

Keywords:   Shakespeare, anthologies, collections, quotations, beauty, aesthetics, wisdom, morality, authority, Englishness

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