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Reading What's There

Stephen Booth has, for over forty years, proposed a distinct understanding of how Shakespeare's plays and poems work upon us and a unique and rigorous way of reading them. The essays here reflect his insights and method and are meant both to recognize his monumental achievements as a critic and to suggest the enduring value of his work to Shakespeare scholarship. The first chapter explains both the method and the strengths of Booth's approach to Shakespeare. The next two-on Romeo and Juliet and The Rape of Lucrece-demonstrate Booth's way of reading Shakespeare. The following four chapters develop Booth's contention that Shakespeare often sets "audiences to watch-or, rather, to try to watch-a play other than the one he shows them." The next two chapters look at textual problems from Booth's perspective and explore the challenges editors face in their attempts to establish authentic texts for modern readers. The last three chapters focus on teaching and include a description of Stephen Booth's teaching practices and his own renown explanation, through a commentary on Philip D. Eastman's Go, Dog. Go!, of the way poetry works upon its readers and the reasons they value it highly. The book concludes with a bibliography of Stephen Booth's work.
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Introduction Michael J. Collins The Interpretive Fallacy Mark Womack What Passed wasn't Prologued: False Advertising in Romeo and Juliet Brett Gamboa Mutatis Non Mutandis: The Reading Mind and Its Autocorrect Function in The Rape of Lucrece Nicholas Nace On the Final Songs in Love's Labors Lost Michael Goldman The Second Part of Henry IV: Expectation and Disappointment James Hirsh Naughty Orators: the Knotty Discourse of All's Well that Ends Well Ralph Alan Cohen The Tragic Dimension in Shakespeare's Comedies Jay L. Halio Leonato and Beatrice at 5.4.97 of Much Ado About Nothing Margaret C. Maurer Mistakes were Made: Errata in Early Modern English Playbooks Thomas Berger Teaching Shakespeare's Sonnets the Boothian Way Laurie Ellinghausen Taught by a Teacher to Teach: A Personal History or What I Learned from Stephen Booth Louisa Newlin Go, Dog. Go!: A Lesson on the Pleasures of Language Michael Ellis-Tolaydo A Bibliography of the Work of Stephen Booth Brett Gamboa and Michael J. Collins About the Contributors

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Michael J. Collins is professor of English and emeritus dean at Georgetown University.

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