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Shakespearean Intersections
Language, Contexts, Critical Keywords

Patricia Parker

456 pages | 6 x 9 | 12 illus.
Cloth May 2018 | ISBN 9780812249743 | Add to cart $59.95s | Outside N. America £50.00
Ebook May 2018 | ISBN 9780812294767 | Add to cart $59.95s | £39.00 | About
A volume in the Haney Foundation Series

"In Shakespearean Intersections, Patricia Parker identifies a wide range of especially resonant keywords and cultural contexts for early modern drama. Her readings of Shakespearean drama are a joy to encounter: immensely learned; acutely sensitive to rhetorical complexity; and deeply thoughtful about the politics of language."—Patricia Cahill, Emory University
What does the keyword "continence" in Love's Labor's Lost reveal about geopolitical boundaries and their breaching? What can we learn from the contemporary identification of the "quince" with weddings that is crucial for A Midsummer Night's Dream? How does the evocation of Spanish-occupied "Brabant" in Othello resonate with contemporary geopolitical contexts, wordplay on "Low Countries," and fears of sexual/territorial "occupation"? How does "supposes" connote not only sexual submission in The Taming of the Shrew but also the transvestite practice of boys playing women, and what does it mean for the dramatic recognition scene in Cymbeline?

With dazzling wit and erudition, Patricia Parker explores these and other critical keywords to reveal how they provide a lens for interpreting the language, contexts, and preoccupations of Shakespeare's plays. In doing so, she probes classical and historical sources, theatrical performance practices, geopolitical interrelations, hierarchies of race, gender, and class, and the multiple significances of "preposterousness": including reversals of high and low, male and female, Latinate and vulgar, "sinister" or backward writing, and latter ends both bodily and dramatic.

Providing innovative and interdisciplinary perspectives on Shakespeare, from early to late and across dramatic genres, Parker's deeply evocative readings demonstrate how easy-to-overlook textual or semantic details reverberate within and beyond the Shakespearean text, and suggest that the boundary between language and context is an incontinent divide.

Patricia Parker is the Margery Bailey Professor in English and Dramatic Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at Stanford University. Her books include Inescapable Romance: Studies in the Poetics of a Mode and Shakespeare from the Margins: Language, Culture, Context.

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