Shakespeare's World of Words

Shakespeare's World of Words

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Was Shakespeare really the original genius he has appeared to be since the eighteenth century, a poet whose words came from nature itself? The contributors to this volume propose that Shakespeare was not the poet of nature, but rather that he is a genius of rewriting and re-creation, someone able to generate a new language and new ways of seeing the world by orchestrating existing social and literary vocabularies. Each chapter in the volume begins with a key word or phrase from Shakespeare and builds toward a broader consideration of the social, poetic, and theatrical dimensions of his language. The chapters capture well the richness of Shakespeare's world of words by including discussions of biblical language, Latinity, philosophy of language and subjectivity, languages of commerce, criminality, history, and education, the gestural vocabulary of performance, as well as accounts of verbal modality and Shakespeare's metrics. An Afterword outlines a number of other important languages in Shakespeare, including those of law, news, and natural more

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  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 26mm | 454g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Bloomsbury Academic
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1472515293
  • 9781472515292

About Paul Yachnin

Paul Yachnin is Tomlinson Professor of Shakespeare Studies and Director of the Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas (IPLAI) at McGill University, more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements Notes on Contributors Introduction 1. Well-Won Thrift Michael Bristol (McGill University) and Sara Coodin (University of Oklahoma) 2. Proper Names and Common Bodies: The Case of Cressida David Schalkwyk (Folger Shakespeare Library) 3. Antique/Antic: Archaism, Neologism and the Play of Shakespeare's Words in Love's Labor's Lost and 2 Henry IV Lucy Munro (University of Keele) 4. Learning to Color in Hamlet Miriam Jacobson (University of Georgia) 5. Recasting 'Angling' in The Winter's Tale J. A. Shea (Dawson College) 6. 'What may be and should be': Grammar Moods and the Invention of History in 1 Henry VI Lynne Magnusson (University of Toronto) 7. Othello and Theatrical Language Sarah Werner (Folger Shakespeare Library) 8. Slips of Wilderness: Verbal and Gestural Language in Measure for Measure Paul Yachnin and Patrick Neilson (McGill University) 9. 'Captious and Inteemable': Reading Comprehension in Shakespeare Meredith Evans (Concordia University) 10. 'Time is their master': Men and Meter in The Comedy of Errors Jennifer Roberts-Smith (University of Waterloo) Bibliography Indexshow more