Speech and Performance in Shakespeares Sonnets and Plays by David SchalkwykSpeech and Performance in Shakespeares Sonnets and Plays by David Schalkwyk

Speech and Performance in Shakespeares Sonnets and Plays

byDavid Schalkwyk

Paperback | April 30, 2007

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This analysis of Shakespeare's sonnets in relation to his plays asserts that the language of the sonnets is primarily performative rather than descriptive. It discusses the 1609 quarto of sonnets and the Petrarchan discourses in a selection of plays. David Schalkwyk addresses embodiment and silencing, interiority and theatricality, inequalities of power, status, gender and desire in the published poems, on the stage and in the context of the early modern period.
David Schalkwyk is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Cape Town. He has published on Shakespeare, literary theory, philosophy, and South African literature in the Shakespeare Quarterly, English Literary Renaissance, the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Pretexts...
Title:Speech and Performance in Shakespeares Sonnets and PlaysFormat:PaperbackDimensions:276 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.63 inPublished:April 30, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:052103633X

ISBN - 13:9780521036337

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction: the sonnets; 1. Performatives: the sonnets, Antony and Cleopatra and As You Like It; 2. Embodiment: the sonnets, Love's Labour's Lost, Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night; 3. Interiority: the sonnets, Hamlet and King Lear; 4. Names: the sonnets, Romeo and Juliet, Troilus and Cressida and Othello; 5. Transformations: the sonnets and All's Well that Ends Well; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"Schalkwyk's book makes an outstanding contribution to the recent move to historicize Shakespeare's language." Renaissance Quarterly