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Shakespeare's World of Words (Hardcover)

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The author of about 38 plays, two long poems, and 154 sonnets--nearly 900,000 words--Shakespeare produced works that generally are deemed supremely valuable and endlessly meaningful. This book cites his writing as a “world of words,” with language that brings beauty, critical energy, historicity and semantic inexhaustibility and continues to be inhabited by thousands of people--readers playgoers, students and teachers, performers, filmmakers, composers. Ten chapters are: well-won thrift; proper names and common bodies: the case of Cressida; antique/antic: archaism, neologism and the play of Shakespeare’s words in Love’s Labour’s Lost and 2 Henry IV; learning to colour in Hamlet; recasting ‘angling’ in The Winter’s tale; ‘what may be and should be’: grammar moods and the invention of history in 1 Henry VI; Othello and theatrical language; slips of wilderness: verbal and gestural language in Measure for Measure; ‘captious and inteemable’: reading comprehension in Shakespeare; ‘time is their master’: men and metre in The Comedy of Errors. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
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 philosophy.
Number of Pages: 289
Genre: Literary Criticism, Language + Art + Disciplines
Sub-Genre: History
Series Title: Arden Shakespeare
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Academic
Language: English
Street Date: October 22, 2015
TCIN: 16107828
UPC: 9781472515292
Item Number (DPCI): 247-21-3152

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