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Publication of Shakespeare's Works in the 16th and 17th Century


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Lauš, Petra. (2018). Publication of Shakespeare's Works in the 16th and 17th Century. BSc thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Information Science. [mentor Hebrang Grgić, Ivana].

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The topic of the final work is the publication of William Shakespeare's works in the 16th and 17th century. Two theories about Shakespeare's involvement in the publication of his works are presented in the final work. According to the first theory Shakespeare was not involved in the publication of his works, his works were in fact published without his knowledge and approval. While according to the second theory, Shakespeare is the one who initiated the publication of his works. The final work also deals with the issues of copyright in the 16th and 17th century when publishers owned the author's text and the single legal obligation was not to publish the work which is owned by another publisher. The plays Love's Labour's Lost, King Lear and Titus Andornicus are used to demonstrate the initial stage of the resolution of copyright issues, which eventually led to the passing of the first modern copyright law in 1710 (The Statute of Anne). The final work deals with various publishing conventions of the period and their development using the examples of quarto and folio editions of Shakespeare's plays.

Item Type: BSc thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: William Shakespeare, history of publishing, publishing in England, copyright, First Folio, quarto.
Subjects: Information sciences > Book and publishing
Departments: Department of Information Science
Supervisor: Hebrang Grgić, Ivana
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2018 14:18
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2018 14:18

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