Sederi Yearbook 27

Sederi 27
Sederi 27 — 2017
Ana Sáez-Hidalgo
Francisco J. Borge López
María José Mora
ISSN 1135-7789


David J. Amelang, “From directions to descriptions: Reading the theatrical Nebentext in Ben Jonson’s Workes as an authorial outlet.” SEDERI 27 (2017): 7-26.


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This article explores how certain dramatists in early modern England and in Spain, specifically Ben Jonson and Miguel de Cervantes (with much more emphasis on the former), pursued authority over texts by claiming as their own a new realm which had not been available—or, more accurately, as prominently available—to playwrights before: the stage directions in printed plays. The way both these playwrights and/or their publishers dealt with the transcription of stage directions provides perhaps the clearest example of a theatrical convention translated into the realm of readership.

Keywords: William Shakespeare; Ben Jonson; Lope de Vega; Miguel de Cervantes; stage directions.




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