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The Rise of Bardolatry in the Restoration

Paratexts of Shakespearean Adaptations and other Texts 1660–1737

Enrico Scaravelli

This book explores from a new perspective the adaptations of Shakespeare in the Restoration, and how they contributed to the rise of the cult of the National Poet in an age where his reputation was not yet consolidated. Adaptations are fully independent cultural items, whose paratexts play a crucial role in the development of Bardolatry; their study initially follows seminal works of Bakhtin and Genette, but the main theoretical background is anthropology, with the groundbreaking theories of Mary Douglas.
The many voices that feature the paratexts of the adaptations and the other texts, such as those of John Dryden, Thomas Betterton, William Davenant, Nahum Tate, John Dennis, and many others, create a composite choir where the emerging sacrality of the cult of the Bard was just one of the tunes, in an age when Shakespeare has not yet become Shakespeare.
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2 Paratext I: The Peritext

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2.1 Publisher’s Peritext: Title Pages and Titles

2.1.1 Introductory Remarks

My discussion of peritexts of the Shakespearean adaptations follows the chronology of their printing rather than the date of their first stage representation (which might predate the printing date even by some years). This decision was determined by the fact that both publisher’s and prefatorial peritext are specifically tied to the printed text and not to the staged text.

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