Article published in:Distributed Language
Edited by Stephen J. Cowley
[Pragmatics & Cognition 17:3] 2009
► pp. 596–610
Languaging in Shakespeare’s theatre
The enshrinement of William Shakespeare’s plays in printed editions has led to the assumption that they were performed with an ideal of exact verbatim reproduction of the language. Evidence drawn from alternative versions of the plays circulating in Shakespeare’s lifetime and from our knowledge of the material practices of playing in early modern England presents us with a very different picture. Performing practices in this period were marked by a tension between improvisational here-and-now languaging practices, including the use of gesture in playing, and a new set of expectations based upon an emergent conception of plays as written documents.
Published online: 02 December 2009
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Worgan, Simon F.
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