Shakespeare and Language

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Catherine M. S. Alexander
Cambridge University Press, Sep 30, 2004 - Drama - 294 pages
This collection of essays considers the characteristics, excitement and unique qualities of Shakespeare's language, the relationship between language and event, and the social, theatrical and literary function of language. A new introduction, by Jonathan Hope, explicates the differences between Shakespeare's language and our own, provides a theoretical and contextual framework for the pieces that follow, and makes transparent an aspect of Shakespeare's craft (and the critical response to it)that has frequently been opaque.

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Contents

Shakespeares language and the language of Shakespeares time
18
The foundations of Elizabethan language
44
Shakespeares talking animals
68
Some functions of Shakespearian wordformation
79
Shakespeare and the tune of the time
101
the places of invention
122
Richard II
139
Hamlet and the power of words
151
Hamlets ear
201
language and symbolic capital in Othello
213
The aesthetics of mutilation in Titus Andronicus
226
verbal echoing in Macbeth
240
Macbeth and the failure of spectacle
251
style and the sexes
266
Index
290
Copyright

The art of the comic duologue in three plays by Shakespeare
179

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Catherine M. S. Alexander is a lecturer at the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham. She is editor of The Cambridge Shakespeare Library and co-editor of Shakespeare and Race (2001) and Shakespeare and Sexuality (2001).

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