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In the interpretation of Shakespeare, wordplay has often been considered inconsequential, frequently reduced to a decorative "quibble." But in Shakespeare from the Margins: Language, Culture, Context, Patricia Parker, one of the most original interpreters of Shakespeare, argues that attention to Shakespearean wordplay reveals unexpected linkages, not only within and between plays but also between the plays and their contemporary culture.
Combining feminist and historical approaches with attention to the "matter" of language as well as of race and gender, Parker's brilliant "edification from the margins" illuminates much that has been overlooked, both in Shakespeare and in early modern culture. This book, a reexamination of popular and less familiar texts, will be indispensable to all students of Shakespeare and the early modern period.
Introduction: Edification from the Margins: Language, Culture, Context
1: Preposterous Estates, Preposterous Events: From Late to Early
2: The Bible and the Marketplace: The Comedy of Errors
3: "Rude Mechanicals": A Midsummer Night's Dream and Shakespearean
4: "Illegitimate Construction": Translation, Adultery, and Mechanical
Reproduction in The Merry Wives of Windsor
5: "Conveyers Are You All": Translating, Conveying, Representing, and
Seconding in the Histories and Hamlet
6: Dilation and Inflation: All's Well That Ends Well, Troilus and
Cressida, and Shakespearean Increase
7: Othello and Hamlet: Spying, Discovery, Secret Faults