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The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare's Language (Cambridge Companions to Literature)

The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare's Language (Cambridge Companions to Literature)

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Cambridge University Press, 8/8/2019
EAN 9781107583184, ISBN10: 1107583187

Paperback, 298 pages, 22.7 x 15.3 x 1.5 cm
Language: English

The power of Shakespeare's complex language - his linguistic playfulness, poetic diction and dramatic dialogue - inspires and challenges students, teachers, actors and theatre-goers across the globe. It has iconic status and enormous resonance, even as language change and the distance of time render it more opaque and difficult. The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare's Language provides important contexts for understanding Shakespeare's experiments with language and offers accessible approaches to engaging with it directly and pleasurably. Incorporating both practical analysis and exemplary readings of Shakespearean passages, it covers elements of style, metre, speech action and dialogue; examines the shaping contexts of rhetorical education and social language; test-drives newly available digital methodologies and technologies; and considers Shakespeare's language in relation to performance, translation and popular culture. The Companion explains the present state of understanding while identifying opportunities for fresh discovery, leaving students equipped to ask productive questions and try out innovative methods.

Part I. Basic Elements
1. Shakespeare and the problem of style Jeff Dolven
2. Shakespeare's creativity with words Alysia Kolentsis
3. The performative power of Shakespeare's language David Schalkwyk
4. Verse and metre Oliver Morgan
5. The dynamics of Shakespearean dialogue Lynne Magnusson
6. Figures of speech at work Ruth Morse
Part II. Shaping Contexts
7. Approaching Shakespeare through rhetoric Peter Mack
8. Shakespeare and social languages James Siemon
Part III. New Technologies
9. Digital approaches to Shakespeare's language Jonathan Hope
10. Authorship, computers, and comparative style Hugh Craig
11. Reading in time
cognitive dynamics and the literary experience of Shakespeare Amy Cook and Seth Frey
Part IV. Contemporary Sites for Language Change
12. Writing for actors
language that cues performance Carol Chillington Rutter
13. Language and translation Dirk Delabastita
14. Popular culture and Shakespeare's language Douglas M. Lanier.