Shakespeare's Universe of Discourse: Language-Games in the Comedies

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CUP Archive, 1984 M06 21 - 339 páginas
This book makes ample use of approaches to language within linguistics, semiotics, the philosophy of language and sociology, in order to do justice to the subtlety of Shakespeare's verbal artistry. Keir Elam adopts a fresh approach to the language of Shakespeare's comedies, considering it not simply as 'style' but as the principal dramatic and comic substance of the plays. Traditional analysis of the language as 'diction', 'expression' or 'verbal structure' is not adequate to describe the range and importance of linguistic functions in these plays. This book shows that in Shakespearean comedy language, or rather 'discourse', language in use, is always a dynamic, active protagonist of the drama. The author explores the extraordinary gamut of verbal activities or 'language-games' that contribute to the rich rhetorical make-up of the comedies. The historical framework complements the application of critical theory which will assure a readership among students and teachers of Shakespeare as well as those interested in liguistics and semiotics.
 

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INTRODUCTION GAMES AND FRAMES
1
ii Shakespeares language Shakespeares come dies Shakespeares critics
2
the speech act
6
the languagegame
10
v Frames for the games
18
vi Shakespeare and the Elizabethan universe of discourse
21
language en abyme
23
ONE PERFORMANCES
33
speaking as perfor mance
64
the work in progress
70
TWO UNIVERSES
72
universes of discourse
83
iii An appertinent title
85
iv Beginnings
89
THREE SIGNS
114
with a glance at Mistress Quicklys garter
159

three and a half epi logues and one induction
34
iii Presentation framed or the agonies of exposi tion
40
iv The presence of the voice
46
verbal indices
50
verbal icons
57
four acts
177
FIVE FIGURES
235
Glossary
309
References
318
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