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Shakespeare's names

Author: Laurie E Maguire
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007.
Series: Oxford Shakespeare topics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Maguire, Laurie E.
Shakespeare's names.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007
(OCoLC)607774715
Named Person: William Shakespeare; Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Laurie E Maguire
ISBN: 9780199219971 0199219974
OCLC Number: 145387767
Description: ix, 256 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: On names --
The patronym : Montague and Capulet --
The mythological name : Helen --
The diminutive name : Kate --
The place name : Ephesus.
Series Title: Oxford Shakespeare topics.
Responsibility: Laurie Maguire.
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"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."--Jacket.

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a reader-friendly delight to academics, students and Shakespeare nuts alike. * Annie Martirosyan, Huffington Post * [A] witty and learned study * Stratford-upon-Avon Herald * the book's tone and Read more...

 
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