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Casual Shakespeare
Three Centuries of Verbal Echoes

ISBN 9780367593018
Published August 14, 2020 by Routledge
214 Pages

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Book Description

Casual Shakespeare is the first full-length study of the thousands of quotations both in and of Shakespeare's works which represent intertextuality outside of what is conventionally appreciated as literary value. Drawing on the insights gained as a result of a major, ongoing Digital Humanities project, this study posits a historical continuum of casual quotation which informs Shakespeare's own works as well as their afterlives. In this groudbreaking, rigorous analysis, Dr. Regula Trillini offers readers a new approach and understanding of the use and impact quotes like the infamous, 'To be or not to be,' have had througout literary history.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 To Quote or Not to Quote

Chapter 2 'Pure his own': Puns, Proverbs and 'Pieces of Scripture'

Chapter 3 'Honey-Tongued Shakespeare: Absorbing the Classics'

Chapter 4 'Shakespeare's Fine Filed Phrase'

Chapter 5 Eighteenth-Century Casual: Generic Shakespeare

Chapter 6 Peak Casual: Romantic Routine

Chapter 7 Jane Austen

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Dr. Regula Hohl Trillini is a Lecturer of English Literature at the Univeristy of Basel


A superb example of today's digitally-based literary scholarship: combining systematic digital collection of unknown material with imaginative analytical thinking, to trace the rise and fall of Shakespeare quotation and uncover another way that Jane Austen is unique.

John Lavagnino, King's College London

What really distinguishes Hohl Trillini’s work from that of Rumbold and others is how Casual Shakespeare yokes deconstruction with cutting-edge work in the digital humanities. There is clearly much to celebrate in this innovative contribution to Shakespeare studies. In many ways this is digital humanities scholarship at its best.

John Colley, The Cambridge Quarterly