Shakespeare's Language: Perspectives Past and Present

1st Edition

Keith Johnson

January 21, 2019 Forthcoming
Textbook - 216 Pages
ISBN 9781138236189 - CAT# Y310125

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In Shakespeare’s Language, Keith Johnson offers an overview of the rich and dynamic history of the reception and study of Shakespeare’s language from his death right up to the present.   Tracing a chronological history of Shakespeare’s language, Keith Johnson also picks up on classic and contemporary themes, such as:

  • Lexical and digital studies
  • Original Pronunciation
  • Rhetoric
  • Grammar

The historical approach provides a comprehensive overview, plotting the attitudes towards Shakespeare’s language, as well as a history of its study.  This approach reveals how different cultural and literary trends have moulded these attitudes, and reflects changing linguistic climates and also includes a chapter which looks to the future.  Shakespeare’s Language is therefore not only an essential guide to the language of Shakespeare, but offers crucial insights to broader approaches to language as a whole.


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