Moving Targets: Constructing Canons, 2013–2014

Keywords: authorship, canon, apocrypha, anthologies, editorial history


This review essay considers early modern dramatic authorship and canons in the context of two recent publications: an anthology of plays -- William Shakespeare and Others: Collaborative Plays (2013), edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen as a companion volume to the RSC Complete Works -- and a monograph study -- Jeremy Lopez's Constructing the Canon of Early Modern Drama (2014).

Author Biography

Brett D Hirsch, University of Western Australia

Brett D. Hirsch ( is ARC Discovery Early Career research fellow and assistant professor of English and Cultural Studies at the University of Western Australia. He is coordinating editor of Digital Renaissance Editions, general editor of the Bibliography of Editions of Early English Drama, and an editor of the Routledge journal Shakespeare. He serves as vice president of the Australian and New Zealand Shakespeare Association and treasurer of the Australasian Association for Digital Humanities.

Review Essay