Word Against Word: Shakespearean Utterance

Word Against Word: Shakespearean Utterance

by James R. R. Siemon
     
 

ISBN-10: 1558493549

ISBN-13: 9781558493544

Pub. Date: 10/16/2002

Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press

"Word against Word offers a new approach to Shakespearean drama - in particular Shakespeare's Richard II - through an extended engagement with the Bakhtinian concept of art as a form of social utterance. The book is the first to explore this central Bakhtinian conception and its associated notions of social accent, dialogism, and heteroglossia in the context of drama…  See more details below

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"Word against Word offers a new approach to Shakespearean drama - in particular Shakespeare's Richard II - through an extended engagement with the Bakhtinian concept of art as a form of social utterance. The book is the first to explore this central Bakhtinian conception and its associated notions of social accent, dialogism, and heteroglossia in the context of drama and of Shakespeare studies." James R. Siemon begins by examining the variety of accents, discourses, and behaviors that competed for the social space of early modern England. He surveys Shakespeare and his contemporaries, including dramatists, poets, and other writers, in order to document early modern attitudes toward the implications of sociolinguistic behavior in a heteroglot environment. While ranging broadly, the book takes Richard II as an exemplary instance of Bakhtinian utterance, showing the play to be, despite its apparent thematic and formal unities, an arena marked by struggles among competing groups and orientations, with their socially defined languages and assumptions. The figure of Shakespeare's King Richard emerges as a revealing example of a form of subjectivity constructed amid the demands of conflicting voices.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558493544
Publisher:
University of Massachusetts Press
Publication date:
10/16/2002
Series:
Massachusetts Studies in Early Modern Culture Series
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction: Listening Around/Talking Back: Shakespeare and Bakhtin1
1When Shakespeare Became Shakespeare39
2"Word Itself against the Word": Close Reading after Volosinov91
3Landlord, Not King: Agrarian Change and Interarticulation119
4"Subjected Thus": Utterance, Individuation, and Interlocution137
5The Lamentable Tale of Me: Intonation, Politics, and Religion in Richard II172
6"The Shadow of Your ... Face": Reduced Laughter and Exit Wounds210
Notes241
Index319

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