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A journal focusing on literature and literary topics for the academic audience.

Articles from Vol. 44, No. 3, Fall

Giving Intention Its Due?
When my son was about four or five, he and I were driving through Cape Town together. He suddenly exclaimed from the rear seat: "Dad! I can't stop reading the signs!" Andrew had discovered the grip of intentionality. What is striking about this discovery...
Intentionality, the Theater Artist, and the Performance Historian
I am interested, not in the relation of Shakespeare's putative intentions to literary theory, textual editing, or original theatrical practice, but in the question of when and why working theater artists invoke authorial intention. And I am even more...
Intention and Editing
From time to time the question of "intention" resurfaces, and perhaps the latest spate of biographies of Shakespeare that seek to account for various details in the writer's life that have an implicitly or explicitly causal connection with his writings...
Intention in the Editing of Shakespeare
Concern for the problems of authorial intention came relatively late to editorial theory. It took decades for the anxieties of early-twentieth century literary scholars to be felt by bibliographers and editors. The main reason for this is that twentieth-century...
Introduction: Shakespeare's Intentions
Writing in 1928, in lectures that would eventually be published in the polemical volume A Room of One's Own (1929), Virginia Woolf offered her own view of Shakespeare's creative authorship: "For though we say that we know nothing about Shakespeare's...
Perennially Greene
Stephen K. Land. The Human Imperative: A Study of the Novels of Graham Greene. New York: AMS, 2008. xii + 286 pp. $87.50 cloth. Stephen Land proclaims that Graham Greene's principal fiction forms a "corpus, a body of writing united by a complex...
Shakespeare and "The I-Word"
The idea that identification of literary intention is "neither available nor desirable" (Wimsatt and Beardsley 1375) has gained wide currency, despite the fact that everyday practice and common intuition tell us the reverse. Following Wimsatt and Beardsley's...
Shakespeare's Dolphin, Dumbo's Feather, and Other Red Herrings: Some Thoughts on Intention and Meaning
1. Navigating Unfamiliar Waters When I was first invited to contribute a narrative theorist's perspective to this discussion, I had little idea how disorienting the encounter would be. I like to think of myself as at least a dabbler outside my field;...
SHAKSPER Roundtable on Intentions: The Origins of the Collaboration with Style
Now in its twenty-first year of serving the academy, SHAKSPER is an edited and moderated, international, e-mail distribution list for discussion among Shakespearean researchers, instructors, students, and anyone sharing their academic interests and...
The Elizabethan-Jacobean Script-to-Stage Process: The Playwright, Theatrical Intentions, and Collaboration
In my work as a theater historian, I have managed to sidestep the question of authorial intention. Rather, the three questions that have engaged me for roughly thirty years are: 1) at those first performances of Twelfth Night and Hamlet what did the...
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