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Fri Jun 22 2012

Books: Style in the Renaissance: Canning

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Date: 22-Jun-2012
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Subject: Style in the Renaissance: Canning
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Title: Style in the Renaissance Subtitle: Language and Ideology in Early Modern England Series Title: Patricia Canning Published: 2012 Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd

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Author: Patricia Canning Hardback: ISBN: 1441185526 9781441185525 Pages: 224 Price: U.K. £ 75.00

In a book which brings together language, text and context, Patricia Canningsynthesizes models of contemporary stylistics with both critical and literary-historical theory. In doing so, the author maintains a specific and sustainedstylistic focus on the religious, political and ideological issues that animatedand defined Reformation England. Each chapter interrogates the dichotomousconcept of 'word' and 'image' by considering the ways in which writers of thisperiod deal with these contentious subjects in their dramatic and poeticworks. 'Representation', Canning argues, 'is not just as a matter of semioticsbut of ideology'.

Whereas stylistics enjoys extensive application in the analysis ofcontemporary texts, it has, until now, been markedly under-used in theexploration of the historical literary genre. Addressing this shortcomingsquarely and robustly, Canning's book is a showcase for the stylistic method.Among its many insights, this book shows how stylistics can enrich ourunderstanding and critical interpretation of a particular literary genre in itsideological and historical context.

'Patricia Canning's adventurous interdisciplinary study brings together in newand exciting ways the two fields of linguistics and literary criticism in herexamination of selected texts by Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Therange and detail of her analysis, evident especially in her microscopicexamination of linguistic forms, cultural assumptions, and histoirical contextsin plays by Shakespeare and Middleton, and in the poetry of GeorgeCrashaw, is impressive. Here is a rare combination of strenuous scholarlyrigour, and uncompromising analysis, replete with a full and clear awarenessof what interdisciplinarity involves. A welcome new voice offering uniqueinsights into texts that we thought we knew.' Professor JohnDrakakis,University of Stirling, UK

Acknowledgements \ Introduction: In the Beginning was the Word \ ChapterOne: Constructing Plausible Stories: Ideology, Conceptual Integration Theoryand the Politics of Representation in George Herbert's 'JESU' \ Chapter Two:'A Deed Without a Name': Murder and the Linguistics of Agency inShakespeare's Macbeth \ Chapter Three: 'Bit-Part' Actors: Metonymy inThomas Middleton and William Rowley's The Changeling \Chapter Four:Picturing Words: Ekphrasis and the Word-as-Image in Early Modern Poetry \Conclusion: 'Being Nothing': The value of the W/word \ Notes \ Bibliography \Index<

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics                             Stylistics                             Syntax
Written In: English (eng)

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