Academic journal article Shakespeare Studies

Foreword

Academic journal article Shakespeare Studies

Foreword

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FOR OVER TEN YEARS. beginning with Volume XXII in 1996 under the editorial direction of Leeds Barroll, Shakespeare Studies has featured Forums, or scholarly discussions, on issues important to the field of early modern culture. These issues have been wide-ranging, from psychoanalytical theory, to English cosmopolitanism, to racial identities, to Renaissance manuscript studies, to the return of the author; and over time such Forums have helped to focus come of our best scholarly minds on pressing concerns. The Forum in Volume XXXVII, organized and moderated by John H. Astington, takes up yet another such topic, exploring important connections between "The Universities and the Theater," and featuring contributions by Sarah Knight, Andrew Gurr, Christopher Marlow, and Alan H. Nelson.

As a complement to the Forum, this issue also features an article by S. P. Cerasano, entitled "The Fortune Contract in Reverse" which provides a newly detailed interpretation of the contract's importance to the theatrical scene. Other articles include David B. Goldstein's analysis of cannibalism in Titus Andronicus, Martin Orkin on "Speaking Process," and Clare McManus on "Women and the Early Modern Stage," which considers several recent publications on this subject. …

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