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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.Read more
- The first sustained reading of Shakespeare's sonnets in relation to his plays
- Sheds light on selected plays as well as the sonnets
- Offers an alternative way in which to conceptualise the autobiographical nature of the sonnets via the absence of proper names in the 1609 Quarto
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"Brilliant....the book displays intricate ideas with complete lucidity." Studies in English LiteratureSee more reviews
"Schalkwyk's book makes an outstanding contribution to the recent move to historicize Shakespeare's language." Renaissance Quarterly
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- Date Published: November 2002
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521811156
- length: 274 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
- weight: 0.57kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
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
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