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Self-Speaking in Medieval and Early Modern English Drama

Subjectivity, Discourse and the Stage

Self-Speaking in Medieval and Early Modern English Drama
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This book documents the changing representation of subjectivity in Medieval and Early Modern English drama by intertextually exploring discourses of 'self-speaking', including soliloquy. Pre-modern ideas about language are combined with recent models of subject formation, especially Lacan's, to theorize and analyze the stage 'self' as a variable linguistic construct. Both the approach itself and the conclusions it generates significantly diverge from the standard New Historicist/Cultural Materialist narrative of subjectivity. Plays range from the Corpus Christi pageants to the Beaumont and Fletcher canon, with Shakespeare a recurrent focus and Hamlet, inevitably, the pivotal text.
Palgrave Macmillan; May 1997
320 pages; ISBN 9780230372894
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