The Authorship of Shakespeare's Plays
A Socio-linguistic Study
By (author) Jonathan Hope
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Authorship of Shakespeare's Plays by Jonathan Hope
Book DescriptionThis book introduces a 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. The findings of the book allow us to be more confident about the divisions of the collaborative plays, and confirm the status of Edward III as a strong candidate for inclusion in the canon. 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521033862
(228mm x 152mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Why would Elizabethan audiences find Shakespeare's character of the Fool so funny? And what exactly is meant by the name the 'Weird' Sisters in Macbeth? Jonathan Hope, in a comprehensive and fascinating study, looks at how the concept of words meant something entirely different to Elizabethan audiences than they do to us today.
Shakespeare's Grammar, Hardback (June 2003)
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This book introduces a method for determining the authorship of Renaissance plays by examining the rapid rate of change in English grammar.
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