Rome and Rhetoric: Shakespeare's Julius Caesar (BOK)

Rome and Rhetoric: Shakespeare's Julius Caesar (BOK)

Garry Wills

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Renaissance plays and poetry in England were saturated with the formal rhetorical twists that a Latin education made familiar to audiences and readers. Yet a formally educated man like Ben Jonson was unable to make these ornaments come to life in his two classical Roman plays. Garry Wills, focusing his attention on Julius Caesar, here demonstrates how Shakespeare so wonderfully made these ancient devices vivid, giving his characters their own personal styles of Roman speech. In four chapters, devoted to four of the play's main characters, Wills shows how Caesar, Brutus, Antony, and Cassius each has his own take on the rhetorical ornaments that Elizabethans learned in school. Shakespeare also makes Rome present and animate by casting his troupe of experienced players to make their strengths shine through the historical facts that Plutarch supplied him with. The result is that the Rome English-speaking people carry about in their minds is the Rome that Shakespeare created for them. And that is even true, Wills affirms, for today's classical scholars with access to the original Roman sources.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2013 Forfatter Garry Wills
Forlag
YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS ACADEMIC
ISBN 9780300188004
Antall sider 200 Dimensjoner 12,8cm x 18,9cm x 1,4cm
Vekt 209 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Social & cultural history, Shakespeare studies & criticism