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Late Shakespeare: A New World of Words

Simon Palfrey


Shakespeare's late plays are usually seen in terms of courtliness and escapism. But the critical tradition has been too decorous. Neither neo-Christian pieties nor high-political allegory can account for the works' audacity and surprise, or the popular investment in both their form and meaning. Post-structuralist and historicist approaches show the indeterminacy and materiality of language, but rarely identify how particular figures (words and characters) capture and energize contested history. Recent criticism tends to put a pre-emptive ‘master-paradigm’ above all else; a more sinuous, minute ... More

Keywords: Shakespeare, neo-Christian, political allegory, post-structuralist, master-paradigm, metaphorical discourse

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198186892
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186892.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon Palfrey, author
University of Liverpool