Lynette Hunter is Professor of the History of Rhetoric at the University of Leeds and a professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of California, Davis. Her research interests include Renaissance rhetoric, particularly in the areas of science, women's history, and politics. She has worked in many areas of theater practice including...
Lynette Hunter is Professor of the History of Rhetoric at the University of Leeds and a professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of California, Davis. Her research interests include Renaissance rhetoric, particularly in the areas of science, women's history, and politics. She has worked in many areas of theater practice including acting, directing, stage management, and make-up, and has developed an international reputation for a series of performance pieces relating to critical theory and library texts.Lynne MagnussonisProfessor of English at the University of Toronto. She is the author of a book entitled Shakespeare and Social Dialogue: Dramatic Language and Elizabethan Letters, and her articles on Shakespeare have appeared in Shakespeare Survey, Shakespeare: An Oxford Guide, and various other publications. Her other research interests include letter writing and early modern women writers.Sylvia AdamsonisProfessor of English Language and Literature at the University of Sheffield, where she is also Chair of Renaissance Studies in the School of English. Her main interests lie in the evolution and history of the English language. Her articles in The Cambridge History of the English Language entitled "The Literary Language" constitute the first modern attempt to explain the history of literary style from the Renaissance to present. She is the author of more than two dozen articles on the English language. This accessible and interdisciplinary collection looks at some of the challenges faced by today's students in studying the rich complexity of Shakespeare's language. Rooted in practical examples, it pulls together discussions from the fields of literary criticism, performance, and the history of language, and focuses on a selection of the more frequently studied Shakespearean texts. The organization of topics is intended to encourage students to recognize the many similarities between the writing and language use of Shakespeare's time and our own, as well as to understand and appreciate the differences.This guide to reading Shakespeare's dramatic language includes:Twelve short essays on aspects of literary criticism and performance, bringing together practical criticism, an understanding of renaissance rhetoric, and modern conversation theory, with some issues of reading writing, and staging.Four essays by historians of English, exploring Shakespeare's sounds, grammar, and word-making strategies, as well as his rich repertoire of regional and social varieties.An A-Z of literary and language terms that would have been familiar to readers and writers in the early modern period, and which are common to us today although often under different names.An annotated bibliography of further reading.Table of ContentsList of contributorsList of abbreviations for works by ShakespearePrefacePART I: THE LANGUAGE OF SHAKESPEARE’S PLAYSIntroduction1. Heightened Language Ann Thompson2. Style, Rhetoric, and Decorum Lynne Magnusson3. The Grand Style Sylvia Adamson4. Shakespeare’s Meter Scanned George T. Wright 5. Puns and Parody Walter Nash6. Description William C. Carroll7. Narrative David Scott Kastan8. Persuasion Lynette Hunter9. Dialogue Lynne Magnusson10. Characters in Order of Appearance Pamela Mason11. Shakespeare’s Language in the Theater Peter Lichtenfels12. Language and the Body Keir ElamPART II: READING SHAKESPEARE’S ENGLISHIntroduction13. Varieties and Variation Katie Wales14. Understanding Shakespeare’s Grammar: Studies in Small Words Sylvia Adamson15. Shakespeare’s New Words Terttu Nevalainen16. Shakespeare’s Sounds