This dazzling study of Shakespeare amplifies the First Folio's injuction: read him. Here is not the usual thematic, contextual or reinvented Shakespeare. Instead, Simon Palfrey analyses language with Empsonian rigou, employing a microscopic precision to reveal a teeming semantic life within the smallest conceit. This produces some wonderful local readings. Laertes's tendency to hendiadys is evidence of his family's self-affirming tendentiousness, Iago's snorting citizens suggests the piggish heartiness of the complacent ...

Doing Shakespeare 2011, The Arden Shakespeare, London

ISBN-13: 9781408132142

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Doing Shakespeare 2004, Bloomsbury Academic, London, England

ISBN-13: 9781904271543

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