Canonising the Shakespeare apocrypha: Shakespeare, Middleton and co-existent canons

Kirwan, Peter (2012) Canonising the Shakespeare apocrypha: Shakespeare, Middleton and co-existent canons. Literature Compass, 9 (8). pp. 538-548. ISSN 1741-4113

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The Shakespeare Apocrypha has persisted as a category for plays of dubious authorship since 1908. Despite recent calls for this group to be dissolved, it persists as the “other” of the Shakespeare canon. The definition of the plays as a collectively excluded canon leads to their relative obscurity in print and on stage. Yet recent calls for the adoption of different kinds of dramatic canon present a means of reintegrating canon and apocrypha. The new Middleton Collected Works offers a model for “co-existent canons” which share plays and disperse the authority of fixed authorial canons, allowing the plays of the Shakespeare Apocrypha to be read and seen in new, productive contexts.

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Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Peter Kirwan,'Canonising the Shakespeare Apocrypha: Shakespeare, Middleton and Co-Existent Canons', Literature Compass, vol. 9, issue 8 (2012): 538–548, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Arts > School of English
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Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2016 09:44
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