The Authorship of Shakespeares Plays: A Socio-linguistic Study by Jonathan HopeThe Authorship of Shakespeares Plays: A Socio-linguistic Study by Jonathan Hope

The Authorship of Shakespeares Plays: A Socio-linguistic Study

byJonathan Hope

Paperback | February 12, 2007

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This book introduces a new method for determining the authorship of Renaissance plays. Based on the rapid rate of change in English grammar in the late-sixteenth and early-seventeenth centuries, socio-historical linguistic evidence allows us to distinguish the hands of Renaissance playwrights within play texts. The present study focuses on Shakespeare, his collaborations with Fletcher and Middleton, and the apocryphal plays. Among the plays examined are Henry VIII, The Two Noble Kinsmen, Macbeth, Pericles, and Sir Thomas More. Using graphs to present statistical data in a readily comprehensible form, the book also contains a wealth of information about the history of the English language during a period of rapid and far-reaching change.
Title:The Authorship of Shakespeares Plays: A Socio-linguistic StudyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:212 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.47 inPublished:February 12, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521033861

ISBN - 13:9780521033862

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Table of Contents

List of tables and graphs; Preface; Acknowledgements; List of Abbreviations; Part I. Methodology: 1. Introduction; 2. The auxiliary 'do'; 3. Relative markers; 4. 'Thou' and 'you'; Part II: Applications: 5. Shakespeare as collaborator; 6. The Shakespeare apocrypha; Part III. Conclusion: 7. Summary of findings; Statistical appendix; Bibliography; Index.

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