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date: 29 October 2020

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In the age of memory studies, there has been far less thinking about forgetting than remembering. This chapter considers what we remember of performance and how much we forget. Starting with the forgetting in a series of Shakespeare versions in texting (OMG Shakespeare), the chapter moves on to think about theories of forgetting, current and early modern, as well as how Shakespeare uses the concept of forgetting, before taking the author’s own paucity of memories of a Chicago Shakespeare Theatre production of King Lear as a test case. It ends with Geoffrey Sonnabend’s theory of obliscence and Anna Smaill’s novel The Chimes (2015).

Keywords: Key terms, forgetting, memory, texting, King Lear, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, obliscence

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