By (author) Laurie Maguire
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Shakespeare's Names by Laurie Maguire
Book DescriptionHow do names attach themselves to particular objects and people and does this connection mean anything? This is a question which goes as far back as Plato and can still be seen in contemporary society with books of Names to Give Your Baby or Reader's Digest columns of apt names and professions. For the Renaissance the vexed question of naming was a subset of the larger but equally vexed subject of language: is language arbitrary and conventional (it is simply an agreed label for a pre-existing entity) or is it motivated (it creates the entity which it names)? Shakespeare's Names is a book for language-lovers. Laurie Maguire's witty and learned study examines names, their origins, cultural attitudes to them, and naming practices across centuries and continents, exploring what it means for Shakespeare's characters to bear the names they do. She approaches her subject through close analysis of the associations and use of names in a range of Shakespeare plays, and in a range of performances. The focus is Shakespeare, and in particular six key plays: Romeo and Juliet, Comedy of Errors, The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night's Dream, All's Well that Ends Well, and Troilus and Cressida. But the book also shows what Shakespeare inherited and where the topic developed after him. Thus the discussion includes myth, the Bible, Greek literature, psychological analysis, literary theory, social anthropology, etymology, baptismal trends, puns, different cultures' and periods' social practice as regards the bestowing and interpreting of names, and English literature in the sixteenth, seventeenth, eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries; the reader will also find material from contemporary journalism, film, and cartoons.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199219971
(222mm x 144mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 11-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Laurie Maguire
Othello: Language and Writing, Paperback (April 2014)
A new type of study guide which combines an exploration of Shakespeare's language with specific help for students looking to develop their own critical responses and skills. Laurie Maguire offers a lively critical account of Othello and practical ideas on how best to engage with and write about this ever popular play.
30 Great Myths About Shakespeare, Paperback (December 2012)
This book addresses common myths and misconceptions about Shakespeare and his works offering authoritative, up-to-date and even-handed treatments of controversies and scholarly disagreements.
Helen of Troy, Hardback (April 2009)
* Investigates issues of sexual ethics, religion, and politics through responses to the story of Helen of Troy throughout the ages * Examines representations of Helen of Troy in literature, art, drama and film * Shows how the Helen myth has relevance to gender debates today.
How to Do Things with Shakespeare, Hardback (October 2007)» View all books by Laurie Maguire
This collection of 12 essays uses the works of Shakespeare to show how experts in their field formulate critical positions.
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Author Biography - Laurie Maguire
Laurie Maguire was educated in Scotland and studied at the University of London and at the Shakespeare Institute. She lectured in Canada for 12 years before taking up a position as Tutorial Fellow at Oxford in 1999. Her publications include several books on Shakespeare and numerous articles on Renaissance drama, textual problems, performance, and women's studies. She has lectured widely across the United States.
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