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A Dictionary of Shakespeare's Sexual Puns and their Significance
     

A Dictionary of Shakespeare's Sexual Puns and their Significance

by Frankie Rubinstein
 

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This dictionary examines previously unnoted puns on the erotic attitudes and practices of the heterosexual and homosexual, the sexual deviant, and the impotent. It includes scatological puns in their usually bawdy contexts and ethnic puns, as sexually snide then as now. It stresses the need to read and hear Shakespeare word by word, giving full weight to each one

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This dictionary examines previously unnoted puns on the erotic attitudes and practices of the heterosexual and homosexual, the sexual deviant, and the impotent. It includes scatological puns in their usually bawdy contexts and ethnic puns, as sexually snide then as now. It stresses the need to read and hear Shakespeare word by word, giving full weight to each one and asking why the line is so and not otherwise. It heightens our awareness of Shakespeare's words, their Elizabethan connotations and their contemporary validity. For today's non-specialist audiences, the sexual puns are invitations to the fun of Shakespeare.

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The perfect gift for an undergraduate who is utterly bored with studying The Bard's stodgy old plays. Also useful for serious scholars of literature, and sexual attitudes and expressions of earlier times. The 35-page supplement to the second edition focuses on the sonnets and on puns used by other Elizabethan writers. Indexed by character for those who have favorites. The first US publication of the second edition published in 1989 by Macmillan; first published in 1984. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312126773
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date:
12/11/1989
Edition description:
2nd ed. 1989
Pages:
372
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.04(d)

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