Reading Shakespeare's Dramatic Language

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Sylvia Adamson, Lynette Hunter, Lynne Magnusson, Katie Wales, Ann Thompson
Cengage Learning EMEA, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 321 pages
This accessible and interdisciplinary volume addresses a fundamental need in current education in language, literature and drama. Many of today's students lack the grammatical and linguistic skills to enable them to study Shakespearean and other Renaissance texts as closely as their courses require. This practical guide will help them to understand and use the structures and strategies of written and dramatic language. Eleven short essays on aspects of literary criticism and performance by an eminent team of contributors are followed by a more detailed exploration of the history of language use, grammar and spelling, plus a glossary of terms offering definitions, contexts and examples. Together these provide an informed and engaging historical understanding of dramatic language in the early modern period.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Style rhetoric and decorum Lynne Magnusson
17
The grand style Sylvia Adamson
31
Shakespeares metre scanned George T Wright
51
Puns and parody Walter Nash
71
Description William C Carroll
89
Narrative David Scott Kastan
102
Persuasion Lynette Hunter
113
Shakespeares language in the theatre
158
Language and the body Keir Elam
173
READING SHAKESPEARES ENGLISH
189
studies
210
Shakespeares new words Terttu Nevalainen
237
Shakespeares sounds Roger Lass
256
An AZ of rhetorical terms Katie Wales
271
A guide to further reading
302

Dialogue Lynne Magnusson
130
Characters in order of appearance Pamela Mason
144

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