• At the center of Clare’s study are the allusive networks linked with William Shakespeare’s plays, offering a theoretical framework to the processes of adapta- tion on early modern stages. Updating source-study methodologies that account for performance conditions and dating, she locates the commerce of theatre as a function of genre rather than authorship or playing company. In challenging criti- cal norms that valorize his originality, Clare argues that Shakespeare systemically drew on materials that were already established in the dramatic tradition, molding them in the spirit of Renaissance aesthetic theories of appropriation.