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Rhetorical Subversion in Early English Drama

by Douglas W. Hayes (Author)
©2004 Monographs IX, 152 Pages
Series: Studies in the Humanities, Volume 64

Summary

This book centers on the uses and abuses of language in early English drama. It examines a number of plays alongside classical and sixteenth-century rhetorical treatises and focuses on the appearances of one stock character, the Vice figure, to determine how he uses language to dupe, implicate, and control others in the plays. The Vice figure is usually very skilled in the use of rhetoric and, in many cases, seems to be so persuasive and entertaining that the moral aims of the drama appear to be jeopardized. Douglas W. Hayes investigates the moral and rhetorical ambivalence of the Vice figure not only in Medieval morality plays and Tudor interludes, but also in the language of later characters related to the Vice such as Marlowe’s Mephastophilis and Shakespeare’s Falstaff and Iago.

Details

Pages
IX, 152
Year
2004
ISBN (Hardcover)
9780820463018
Language
English
Keywords
Englisch Drama Bösewicht Geschichte 1500-1616
Published
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2004. IX, 152 pp.

Biographical notes

Douglas W. Hayes (Author)

The Author: Douglas W. Hayes is Assistant Professor of Medieval and Renaissance British Literature at Winona State University in Minnesota. He received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Toronto. His research interests include early English drama and intellectual culture.

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