Shakespeare and Social Dialogue: Dramatic Language and Elizabethan Letters / Edition 2

Shakespeare and Social Dialogue: Dramatic Language and Elizabethan Letters / Edition 2

by Lynne Magnusson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521641918

ISBN-13: 9780521641913

Pub. Date: 07/28/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Shakespeare and Social Dialogue develops a systematic analysis of the rhetoric of social exchange in early modern England. Magnusson brings together writings, particularly letters, from the Elizabethan period that are normally read as historical documents and compares them with Shakespeare's play texts and sonnets. Using techniques from discourse analysis and

Overview

Shakespeare and Social Dialogue develops a systematic analysis of the rhetoric of social exchange in early modern England. Magnusson brings together writings, particularly letters, from the Elizabethan period that are normally read as historical documents and compares them with Shakespeare's play texts and sonnets. Using techniques from discourse analysis and linguistic pragmatics, especially "politeness theory," she argues that Shakespeare's language is rooted in the everyday language of Elizabethan culture. The author's readings bridge the gap between new historicism and linguistic criticism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521641913
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2003
Series:
History of the Book in Britain Series
Pages:
221
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)
Lexile:
1660L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part I. The Rhetoric of Politeness: 1. Politeness and dramatic character in Henry VIII; 2. 'Power to hurt': language and service in Sidney household letters and Shakespeare's sonnets; Part II. Eloquent Relations in Letters: 3. Scripting social relations in Erasmus and Day; 4. Reading courtly and administrative letters; 5. Linguistic stratification, merchant discourse, and social change; Part III. A Prosaics of Conversation: 6. The pragmatics of repair in King Lear and Much Ado About Nothing; 7. 'Voice potential': language and symbolic capital in Othello; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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