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Speech and Performance in Shakespeare's Sonnets and Plays
     

Speech and Performance in Shakespeare's Sonnets and Plays

by David Schalkwyk
 

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This analysis of Shakespeare's sonnets in relation to his plays asserts that the language of the sonnets is primarily performative rather than descriptive. It discusses the 1609 quarto of sonnets and the Petrarchan discourses in a selection of plays. David Schalkwyk addresses embodiment and silencing, interiority and theatricality, inequalities of power, status,

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This analysis of Shakespeare's sonnets in relation to his plays asserts that the language of the sonnets is primarily performative rather than descriptive. It discusses the 1609 quarto of sonnets and the Petrarchan discourses in a selection of plays. David Schalkwyk addresses embodiment and silencing, interiority and theatricality, inequalities of power, status, gender and desire in the published poems, on the stage and in the context of the early modern period.

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"Brilliant....the book displays intricate ideas with complete lucidity." Studies in English Literature

"Schalkwyk's book makes an outstanding contribution to the recent move to historicize Shakespeare's language." Renaissance Quarterly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521036337
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2007
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

David Schalkwyk is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Cape Town. He has published on Shakespeare, literary theory, philosophy, and South African literature in the Shakespeare Quarterly, English Literary Renaissance, the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Pretexts, Linguistic Sciences, Textus, and the Journal of Literary Studies.

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