Elizabethan Silent Language

Elizabethan Silent Language

by Mary E. Hazard
     
 

ISBN-10: 0803223978

ISBN-13: 9780803223974

Pub. Date: 06/28/2000

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press

Elizabethan Silent Language is an anatomy of an alternative or supplementary mode of communication in a culture prized for its literary contributions. Through the use of nonverbal media, Elizabethans coexpressed, enhanced, and sometimes even subverted the medium of the written or spoken word. Besides written documents and works of art, extant material

Overview

Elizabethan Silent Language is an anatomy of an alternative or supplementary mode of communication in a culture prized for its literary contributions. Through the use of nonverbal media, Elizabethans coexpressed, enhanced, and sometimes even subverted the medium of the written or spoken word. Besides written documents and works of art, extant material reveals new referents and deeper meaning for Elizabethan verbal expression. Funeral monuments, jewelry, costume, foodstuffs, protocol, sumptuary laws, portraits, architecture, management of public appearance, absence, and silence—all were forms of a silent language.

The main elements of the semantic system of Elizabethan silent language were in many cases those of literal language, with resources in religion, in antiquity as translated through humanist tradition, in custom and law, in the Continental Renaissance, and in Tudor historiography—syntactic elements translated through word and practice and subject to personal inflection. Assumed as given values were the masculine norm, young adulthood, courtly service, discernment of ethical and aesthetic dimensions in all aspects of life, a comprehensive rule of decorum, and the preservation of religious, political, and social hierarchy.

Elizabethan Silent Language is a unique book. Although Renaissance scholars have focused their attention on individual components of texts, such as ceremony, costume, architecture, protocol, and portrait, no other source synthesizes these components.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803223974
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
06/28/2000
Pages:
345
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.29(d)

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