Shakespeare from the Margins: Language, Culture, Context

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University of Chicago Press, 1996 - Drama - 392 pages
In the interpretation of Shakespeare, wordplay has often been considered inconsequential, frequently reduced to a decorative "quibble." But in Shakespeare from the Margins: Language, Culture, Context, Patricia Parker, one of the most original interpreters of Shakespeare, argues that attention to Shakespearean wordplay reveals unexpected linkages, not only within and between plays but also between the plays and their contemporary culture.

Combining feminist and historical approaches with attention to the "matter" of language as well as of race and gender, Parker's brilliant "edification from the margins" illuminates much that has been overlooked, both in Shakespeare and in early modern culture. This book, a reexamination of popular and less familiar texts, will be indispensable to all students of Shakespeare and the early modern period.

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Contents

PREPOSTEROUS ESTATES PREPOSTEROUS EVENTS FROM LATE TO EARLY SHAKESPEARE
20
THE BIBLE AND THE MARKETPLACE THE COMEDY OF ERRORS
56
RUDE MECHANICALS A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM AND SHAKESPEAREAN JOINERY
83
ILLEGITIMATE CONSTRUCTION TRANSLATION ADULTERY AND MECHANICAL REPRODUCTION IN THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR
116
CONVEYERS ARE You ALL TRANSLATING CONVEYING REPRESENTING AND SECONDING IN THE HISTORIES AND HAMLET
149
DILATION AND INFLATION ALLS WELL THAT ENDS WELL TROILUS AND CRESSIDA AND SHAKESPEAREAN INCREASE
185
OTHELLO AND HAMLET SPYING DISCOVERY SECRET FAULTS
229
NOTES
273
INDEX
375
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