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

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

by Juhani Rudanko
     
 

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

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819191076
Publisher:
University Press of America
Publication date:
07/09/1993
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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