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Formal mattersReading the materials of English Renaissance literature$
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Allison K. Deutermann and András Kiséry

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719085536

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719085536.001.0001

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Afterworlds: Thomas Middleton, the book, and the genre of continuation

Afterworlds: Thomas Middleton, the book, and the genre of continuation

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(p.77) 4 Afterworlds: Thomas Middleton, the book, and the genre of continuation
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Formal matters
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Jeffrey Todd Knight

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719085536.003.0005

Jeffrey Knight’s essay on what he terms the ‘genre of continuation’ grapples with the question of how the material, printed book enabled new modes of authorship. Distinct from the humanist tradition of ‘literary response,’ the genre of continuation in fact develops out of the ways in which men and women treated books in the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century (binding them together, for example). In Knight’s reading, the genre of continuation imagines a kind of afterlife for the book which is akin to the human afterlife in its relative importance to the original, or starter, book.

Keywords:   Thomas Middleton, William Shakespeare, authorship, The rape of Lucrece, The ghost of Lucrece, The black book

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