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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
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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Overview

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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521811156
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/17/2002
Pages: 274
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.75(d)
Lexile: 1480L (what's this?)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction: the sonnets; 1. Performatives: the sonnets, Antony and Cleopatra and As You Like It; 2. Embodiment: the sonnets, Love's Labour's Lost, Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night; 3. Interiority: the sonnets, Hamlet and King Lear; 4. Names: the sonnets, Romeo and Juliet, Troilus and Cressida and Othello; 5. Transformations: the sonnets and All's Well that Ends Well; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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