Pragmatic Approaches to Shakespeare: Essays on Othello, Coriolanus and Timon of Athens

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This book explores the intersection of linguistics and literature and offers new insight into linguistic methods of literary criticism. The methods include the analysis of questions of requests, topic analysis and its relation to the notion of dominance, and case grammar, with special reference to the concept of agentivity. Readers interested in language will value the contribution of this book to applied linguistics while readers interested in Shakespeare will welcome the fresh perspectives on the three selected...

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Overview

This book explores the intersection of linguistics and literature and offers new insight into linguistic methods of literary criticism. The methods include the analysis of questions of requests, topic analysis and its relation to the notion of dominance, and case grammar, with special reference to the concept of agentivity. Readers interested in language will value the contribution of this book to applied linguistics while readers interested in Shakespeare will welcome the fresh perspectives on the three selected plays. Rudanko demonstrates the usefulness of interdisciplinary cooperation between linguistics and literature and helps to break down artificial barriers between the two fields. Contents: Introduction; The Changing Othello: A Look at Some Adjacency Pairs in Othello; "That she may make, unmake, do what she list": Case Grammar and Othello and Iago's Soliloquies; Speech Acts in Coriolanus; Turning Down Requests: Politeness and Nastiness in Timon of Athens; Concluding Observations.

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Editorial Reviews

Nanette Jaynes
...clear, precise, well-documented, and quite readable...this book will make wonderful material for graduate courses emphasizing pragmatics...
Walter A. Cook
Rudanko's work is a strong step in the direction of illuminating literary criticism using linguistic methods. It is to be highly recommended both as a text for linguistic analysis and a text for studies of Shakespeare.
Walter A. Cook S.J.
Rudanko's work is a strong step in the direction of illuminating literary criticism using linguistic methods. It is to be highly recommended both as a text for linguistic analysis and a text for studies of Shakespeare.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819191076
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 7/9/1993
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 5.64 (w) x 8.74 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Juhani Rudanko is Associate Professor of English Philology at the University of Tempere in Finland.

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Table of Contents

Ch. I Introduction 1
Ch. II The Changing Othello: A Look as Some Adjacency Pairs in Othello 11
Ch. III Dominance, Topics and Iago in Othello 35
Ch. IV "That she may make, unmake, do what she list": Case Grammar and Othello's and Iago's Soliloquies 63
Ch. V Speech Acts in Coriolanus 119
Ch. VI Turning Down Requests: Politeness and Nastiness in Timon of Athens 161
Ch. VII Concluding Observations 191
References 197
Index 211
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