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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226645858
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1996
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 402
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Edification from the Margins: Language, Culture, Context 1
1 Preposterous Estates, Preposterous Events: From Late to Early Shakespeare 20
2 The Bible and the Marketplace: The Comedy of Errors 56
3 "Rude Mechanicals": A Midsummer Night's Dream and Shakespearean Joinery 83
4 "Illegitimate Construction": Translation, Adultery, and Mechanical Reproduction in The Merry Wives of Windsor 116
5 "Conveyers Are You All": Translating, Conveying, Representing, and Seconding in the Histories and Hamlet 149
6 Dilation and Inflation: All's Well That Ends Well, Troilus and Cressida, and Shakespearean Increase 185
7 Othello and Hamlet: Spying, Discovery, Secret Faults 229
Notes 273
Index 375
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