A New World Of Words

Author: William C. Spengemann
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300105636
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In this brilliant book, William C. Spengemann redefines the genre of early American literature, calling it writings in English that have been influenced by the discovery, exploration, and settlement of the New World. Putting linguistic criteria above national origin he reexamines works by Milton, Franklin, Blake, and Austen, and views them as comparable-and American-writings, all concerned with the displacement of the remembered Old World by an altogether new one. This brilliantly argued book challenges the most basic assumptions underlying the contemporary study of American literature. It speaks provocatively to all students of literature written in the English language and has significant implications for scholars of other modern literatures as well.-Steven Mailloux, University of California, Irvine This book promises to create controversy, but controversy of the most useful-and radical-kind.-David Rogers, American Studies

Late Shakespeare

Author: Simon Palfrey
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198186892
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Shakespeare's late plays are usually seen in terms of courtliness and escapism. But the critical tradition has been too decorous. Neither neo-Christian pieties nor high-political allegory can account for the works' audacity and surprise, or the popular investment in both their form and meaning. Post-structuralist and historicist approaches show the indeterminacy and materiality of language, but rarely identify how particular figures (words and characters) capture and energize contested history. Recent criticism tends to put a pre-emptive 'master-paradigm' above all else; a more sinuous, minutely attentive critical vocabulary is needed to apprehend Shakespeare's turbulent, precise, teeming metaphorical discourse.