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Routledge Revivals: Shakespeare's Talking Animals (1973)

Language and Drama in Society, 1st Edition

By Terence Hawkes

Routledge

247 pages

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First published in 1973, this book is about Shakespeare, language and drama. The first part introduces some common ideas of anthropology and linguistics into an area where they serve as a base for the discussion of usually literary matters. It attempts to link language to our experience of speech — examining its range, texture, and social functions. In part two, the author argues that in Elizabethan culture there was a greater investment in the complexities and demands of speech due to the widespread illiteracy of the time. It examines eight of Shakespeare’s plays, together with one of Ben Jonson’s, in light of their concern with various aspects of the role of spoken language in society.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part I: Language, Culture, Drama; 1 Language as Culture 2 Gesture as Language 3 Drama as Language 4 Drama as Culture; Part II: Shakespeare; 5 Elizabethan Language, Culture, Drama 6 Love’s Labour’s Lost: rhyme against reason 7 Richard II: the word against the word 8 Hamlet: the plays on words 9 Othello, Macbeth, and Jonson’s Epicoene: the language of men 10 King Lear and Antony and Cleopatra: the language of love 11 The Tempest: speaking your language; Part III: Conclusions – New Languages for Old; 12 Drama versus Theatre; Index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAN018000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Speech
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT004120
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
LIT013000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Drama
LIT015000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Shakespeare
LIT024010
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 16th Century