n Shakespeare in Southern Africa - Shakespeare and Social Dialogue. Dramatic Language and Elizabethan Letters, Lynne Magnusson : book review

Volume 16, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-582X



Extracted from text ... LYNNE MAGNUSSON. Shakespeare and Social Dialogue. Dramatic Language and Elizabethan Letters. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999. 221 pp. Reviewed by RAJENDRA CHETTY Shakespeare and Social Dialogue creates a new way of reading both literary texts and historical documents which bridges the gap between the methods of new historicism and linguistic criticism. The text opens up a refreshing approach to Shakespeare's language and the rhetoric of Elizabethan letters. Moving beyond claims about the language of individual Shakespearean 82 SHAKESPEARE IN SOUTHERN AFRICA characters, Magnusson develops a rhetoric of social exchange to analyze dialogue, conversation, sonnets and particularly letters of the period, ..

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